Botanical name: Tabernaemontana alternifolia Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Ervatamia heyneana, Tabernaemontana heyneana
Nag Kuda is small tree native to Western Ghats, growing up to 2-5 m tall. Oppositely arranged leaves are elliptic-oblong, 23 cm long, 6.5 cm wide, prominently nerved. White flowers are borne in corymb-like cymes. Sepals are 5, thick, fused at the base. Flowers have a narrow tube which flares into a flat flower. Five stamens do not protrude out. Fruit is quite interesting - itconsists of two boat-shaped orange pods, up to 4 cm long, with recurved beaks.
Medicinal uses: This plant is used in Ayurveda.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Satish Pardesi & Neil Soares
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