rau·wol·fi·a (rou-wlfē-ə, rô-)
Any of various tropical trees and shrubs of the genus Rauvolfia, especially R. serpentina, of South and Southeast Asia, the root of which is the source of alkaloid drugs such as reserpine.
[Variant of New Latin Rauvolfia, genus name, after Leonhard Rauwolf (1535-1596), German botanist.]
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