Images by Shubhada Patwardhan and Balkar Singh

American serpentwood, be still tree, devil root, four-leaved devil-pepper, milkbush • Bengali: বড চন্দ্রিকা bar chandrika, গন্ধনকুলী gandhanakuli • Hindi: बडा चन्द्रिका barachandrika • Kannada: ದೊಡ್ಡ ಚಮ್ದ್ರಿಕೆ dodda chandrike • Oriya: patalagarudi • Telugu: papataku; 



Flora of Panipat- Rauvolfia tetraphylla from Herbal park Samalkha Panipat:
Rauvolfia tetraphylla from Herbal park Samalkha Panipat.
Small Shrub about 3-5 ft high. Photo on 28-6-11
pls see the nomenclature of Forest deptt. This Herbal Park in Samalkha Panipat Dist Run by Forest deptt Haryana. Known as Bel Pattar aushdhiya Udhyan

Flora of Haryana: Rauvolfia tetraphylla from TDL Herbal Park Yamunanagar:
Rauvolfia tetraphylla from TDL Herbal Park Yamunanagar


Rauvolfia tetraphylla @ Devbagh Karwar.:
These Rauvolfia tetraphylla plants were growing in abundance all around in the shade of Suru ban on the island of Devbagh beach resort. 13th April 2012.
Please check the correct spelling as Rauvolfia and not Rauwolfia.
Family : Apocynaceae

The plant is a common weed in IIT Madras, CLRI and Guindy National park and elsewhere in Chennai.


Flora of Kaiga_ID_Please_15112011 PJ1:
Date/Time-:10/10/11 – 16:30
Location- Place, Altitude – Karwar , Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Shrub

Height/Length- 1m

This is Rauvolfia tetraphylla.

Thanks for the ID. Does this plant commonly grow on the beach side areas?

Yes …, we both responded at the same time !!!
And, may be yes …, I have seen some escaped (from cultivation) plants run wild (its an American native) in wastelands and along watercourses on sandy soils.
But I don’t think its a typical coastal plant.


Flora of Haryana: Rauvolfia tetraphylla L. from Herbal Garden CCSHAU Hisar:
Rauvolfia tetraphylla L. from Herbal Garden CCSHAU Hisar

A very common weed in IIT, Madras, Guindy National park and CLRI campuses, Chennai.

… were an important cultivated Medicinal Plant



ID : Rauvolfia:
Is it Rauvolfia tetraphylla? Please confirm or ID this plant

Yes, it is Rauvolfia tetraphylla.


260713 ASP 130 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Please ID this plant with red fruits. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Dec2012.

Rauvolfia tetraphylla L.


Rauvolfia tetraphylla L. from Kamrup district, Assam : Attachments (6). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Attached images are Rauvolfia tetraphylla L. collected from Kamrup district, Assam.  
Date :14.08.2013
Location: Kamrup district, Assam
Family : Apocynaceae
Genus & species : Rauvolfia tetraphylla L.
Habitat: Grown on our college garden.
Habit : Shrub
Flower :White

FJ 14 051113 :  Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Please ID this medicinal plant, a small shrub. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Nov 2012.

Rauvolfia tetraphylla of Apocynaceae.


efloraofindia: For ID 271112SP28 : Attachments (2). 4 posts by 3 authors.

Please help me to identify this flower.
Location – Malang gad
Date: September 11
Habitat: Wild

Look like fruits of Rauvolfia tetraphylla.

Rauvolfia tetraphylla.


Ex-situ Silviculture : Rauvolfia tetraphylla L. : Attachments (5). 3 posts by 2 authors.

Lovely pictures …

15May2014NVR Shrub for ID : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
I came across this 0.5m tall shrub in Goa.

Rauvolfia tetraphylla L. [Apocynaceae].



Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- north Gujarat

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- university garden

Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- shrub

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- red berries

Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- medicinal

It is Rauvolfia tetraphylla.

Rauvolfia tetraphylla

May be Rauvolfia tetraphylla..

Cochin.Pls Validate-Rauvolfia serpentina.021214RT.Dec-3 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Habit-Erect plant.
Habitat-Garden; not sure planted or wild.
Height-2.5 feet.

Rauvolfia tetraphylla , not R. serpentina.

ID request 070616SG : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Requesting ID of this plant, about 2-3’ high with velvety leaves having milky latex. Photo taken on 07June16 at Solapur, Maharashtra.

Rauwolfia tetraphylla

Enclosed  pl find the photograph of Rauvolfia tetraphylla and confirm the ID. Photograph taken during 2011.

I also think these are close to images of Rauvolfia tetraphylla L. as per comparative images at Rauvolfia

131218 SD02 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Please assist with plant ID.
Taken at Aravalli biodiversity park, Delhi-NCR in November end

Rauvolfia tetraphylla 


Apocynaceae: Rauvolfia tetraphylla L.: 2 images.
synonyms: Rauvolfia hirsuta Jacq., Rauvolfia heterophylla Willd. ex Roem. & Schult., Rauvolfia canescens L.
location/date (both): Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, October 1994



at BOTANICAL GARDEN, SHIBPUR, HOWRAH on 02/10/07; at Nagoan beach, Alibag on 22 Mar.2009; April 28, 2010- Herbal Garden, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi; 23-05-2010: Nursery near Karnala Bird Sanctuary; 9Jul 2010 After Noon- Pune; Herbal Garden, Delhi;  Kamshet, near Lonavala; W. Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh- Alt.: ca 1200m- 9th May, 2009; June/09 from Assam;


Apocynaceae: Rauvolfia tetraphylla: 3 high res. images.
Rauvolfia tetraphylla from Andhra University Botanical Garden, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh



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