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Kingdom: Plantae (2635)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2573)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2146)

      Order: Gentianales (112)

        Family: Apocynaceae (37)(family description)

          Genus: Rauvolfia (2)

            Epithet: caffra Sond. (1)

Synonyms: Rauvolfia goetzei Stapf, Rauvolfia gonioclada K.Schum. ex Stapf, Rauvolfia inebrians K.Schum., Rauvolfia leucopoda K.Schum. ex Stapf, Rauvolfia mayombensis Pellegr., Rauvolfia natalensis Sond., Rauvolfia obliquinervis Stapf, Rauvolfia ochrosioides K.Schum., Rauvolfia oxyphylla Stapf, Rauvolfia tchibangensis Pellegr., Rauvolfia welwitschii Stapf

caffra => of South African origin

gonioclada => angle-stemmed

inebrians => intoxicate

natalensis => from Natal, South Africa

obliquinervis => with asymmetrical veins

tchibangensis => from Tchibanga, city in the Nyanga Province of southern Gabon

welwitschii => in honor of Friedrich Martin Josef Welwitsch (1806-1872), Austrian explorer and botanist working in Portugal and Angola


Climate: tropical

Habit: tree

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