Thursday, November 20, 2008

Herb Plant Rauvolfia serpentina

Rauwolfia serpentina
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Rauwolfia
Species: R. serpentina
Binomial name
Rauwolfia serpentina
(L.) Benth. ex Kurz[1]

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.[2]

The wood, commonly known as serpentwood, is mildly popular amongst woodcarving and woodturning hobbyists.[citation needed]

source :From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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