Small Flowered Snake Root
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Small Flowered Snake Root
ative Photo: Santhosh Kumar
Common name: Small Flowered Snake Root
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
Photographed in Kerala.
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