Botanical name: Rauvolfia micrantha Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Ophioxylon micranthum
Small Flowered Snake Root is a rare species, endemic to India, found only in Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu and in Kerala up to an altitude of 300 m. It is a large shrub with dark green leaves. Leaves are elliptic-lanceshaped or inverted-lanceshaped, long pointed, 3-5 inches long. Flowers are small, as the species name micrantha suggests. They are borne in few-flowered cymes carried on long slender erect stalks. Sepals are triangular-ovate, flower tube is slightly swollen at the top, petals are small. Fruits are 4 mm, obliquely ovate, pointed.
Identification credit: Santhosh Kumar
The flower labeled Small Flowered Snake Root is ...