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Rauvolfia tetraphylla, Be Still Tree

Rauvolfia tetraphylla

Be Still Tree
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Tropical America
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
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Leaves are whorled, medium to dark green in color, and occur in groups of 4 unequally-sized leaves at each node. The roots yield the drug deserpidine, which is an antihypertensive and tranquilizer.

Rauvolfia tetraphylla need full sun to partial shade with a rich well-drained soil mix.

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Rauvolfia caffra, Quinine Tree - seeds

Be Still Tree, Quinine Tree. A fine, fast-growing tree for sheltered gardens, easily raised from seed and an unusually decorative tree for larger gardens and parks. The sweetly scented flowers attract butterflies and other insects, which in turn attract insect-eating birds, that bring about pollination. The hydrophilic nature of the plant allows seed dispersal by water to take place. Rauvolfia was named after a medical doctor and a collector of drug plants from the 16th century, Leonhart Rauwolf of Augsburg, and caffra means of Kaffraria (Eastern Cape). The common name quinine tree refers to the bitter and supposedly quinine-like properties of the bark.
Ordering seeds info

Seed Germination Mix #3, professional grade
SUNSHINE-Epi - Seeds and cuttings booster
SUNSHINE Bombino - Young Plant Booster
Per pack: 6 seeds
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