One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tropical shrub or small tree, some kinds of which are cultivated for the medicinal drugs that they yield.
Genus Rauwolfia (or Rauvolfia), family Apocynaceae: many species, in particular the Indian snakeroot (R. serpentina), from which the drug reserpine is obtained
Modern Latin, named after Leonhard Rauwolf (died 1596), German botanist.
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