Species: R. serpentina
(L.) Benth. ex Kurz
Rauwolfia serpentina, or 'snakeroot' is a species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae. It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it has the name sh�gen m� (???) or y�nd� sh�m� (????).
The extract of the plant has also been used for millennia in India � it was reported that Mahatma Gandhi took it as a tranquilizer during his lifetime.
The wood, commonly known as serpentwood, is mildly popular amongst woodcarving and woodturning hobbyists.
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