Rauvolfia tetraphylla Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
devil-pepper four-leaf devil-pepper milkbush

Rauvolfia tetraphylla is a plant in the Apocynaceae family, growing as a bush or small tree. It is commonly known as the devil-pepper or Be still tree. The plant is native to Mexico, Central America, West Indies, and northern South America. It has been cultivated widely as both an ornamental and as a source of pharmaceuticals and is now naturalised throughout the tropics including Australasia, Indochina and India.

Rauvolfia tetraphylla

Medical use

Economic importance of Rauvolfia tetraphylla

Medicines source of deserpidine

Gallery

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Geografical distribution

  • AUSTRALASIA
    Naturalized
    • Australia: Australia - Queensland
  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Campeche, Chiapas, Colima, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, Tabasco , Veracruz, Yucatan
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Caribbean: Barbados; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Haiti; Jamaica; St. Kitts and Nevis
    • Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Venezuela
    • Western South America: Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

Biological activities

Abortifacient
Reserpine found in Root
Adrenergic-Blocker
Corynanthine found in Plant
Adrenolytic
Ajmalicine found in Plant
Ajmaline found in Plant
Allergenic
Ajmaline found in Plant
Amebicide
Aricine found in Leaf
Anesthetic
Corynanthine found in Plant
Antiadrenergic
Ajmalicine found in Plant
Reserpine found in Root
Antiaggregant
Ajmalicine found in Plant
Antiamebic
Alstonine found in Plant
Antiandrogenic
Deserpidine found in Root
Antiarrhythmic
Ajmaline found in Plant
Antibacterial
Alstonine found in Plant
Serpentine found in Plant
Anticonvulsant
Reserpine found in Root
Antidiuretic
Ajmalicine found in Plant
Antidyskinetic
Reserpine found in Root
Antifrigidity
Deserpidine found in Root
Antihypertensive
Ajmalicine found in Plant
Ajmaline found in Plant
Deserpidine found in Root
Reserpiline found in Leaf
Reserpine found in Root
Antihypertonic
Ajmaline found in Plant
Antileukemic
Reserpine found in Root
Antimalarial
Corynanthine found in Plant
Antimigraine
Reserpine found in Root
Antineoplastic
Alstonine found in Plant
Antiplasmodial
Corynanthine found in Plant
Antipsychotic
Reserpine found in Root
Antipyretic
Reserpine found in Root
Antischizophrenic
Reserpine found in Root
Antistress
Reserpine found in Root
Antitumor
Reserpine found in Root
Serpentine found in Plant
Aphrodisiac
Corynanthine found in Plant
Bradycardic
Corynanthine found in Plant
Reserpine found in Root
CNS-Depressant
Ajmalicine found in Plant
Isoreserpiline found in Plant
Reserpine found in Root
Calcium-Antagonist
Ajmaline found in Plant
Reserpine found in Root
Carcinogenic
Serpentine found in Plant
Cardiodepressant
Ajmaline found in Plant
Cardiotoxic
Ajmaline found in Plant
Isoreserpiline found in Plant
Catecholaminolytic
Reserpine found in Root
Cerebrocirculant
Ajmalicine found in Plant
Circulotonic
Ajmalicine found in Plant
Convulsant
Ajmaline found in Plant
Coronary-Dilator
Ajmaline found in Plant
Cytotoxic
Aricine found in Leaf
Estrogenic
Deserpidine found in Root
Fungicide
Alstonine found in Plant
Serpentine found in Plant
Hepatoprotective
Reserpine found in Root
Hypotensive
Ajmalicine found in Plant
Ajmaline found in Plant
Corynanthine found in Plant
Deserpidine found in Root
Isoreserpiline found in Plant
Reserpine found in Root
Serpentine found in Plant
Hypothermic
Reserpine found in Root
MDR-Inhibitor
Reserpine found in Root
Mastogenic
Deserpidine found in Root
Myocardiodepressant
Ajmaline found in Plant
Neurotoxic
Ajmaline found in Plant
Parasympathetic
Isoreserpiline found in Plant
Peristaltic
Ajmaline found in Plant
Reserpine found in Root
Pesticide
Alstonine found in Plant
Aricine found in Leaf
Serpentine found in Plant
Respirastimulant
Ajmaline found in Plant
Rodenticide
Reserpine found in Root
Sedative
Deserpidine found in Root
Reserpine found in Root
Serpentine found in Plant
Serotoninolytic
Reserpine found in Root
Sympatholytic
Ajmalicine found in Plant
Corynanthine found in Plant
Teratogenic
Reserpine found in Root
Topoisomerase-II-Inhibitor
Serpentine found in Plant
Tranquilizer
Ajmalicine found in Plant
Ajmaline found in Plant
Deserpidine found in Root
Reserpine found in Root
Serpentine found in Plant
Tumorigenic
Reserpine found in Root
Ulcerogenic
Reserpine found in Root
Uterotonic
Reserpine found in Root
Vasoconstrictor
Reserpine found in Root

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Ajmalicine Plant
Ajmaline Plant
Alkaloids Leaf 4,000 18,000
Stem 1,000 5,000
Root 600 2,000
Alpha-yobimbine Leaf 5,000
Root Bark 1,000
Stem Bark 2,000
Alstonine Plant
Aricine Leaf
Beta-yohimbine Root
Canembrine Plant
Carpagine Plant
Chalchupine-a Plant
Chalchupine-b Plant
Corynanthine Plant
Delta-yohimbine Root
Deserpidine Root
Epsilon-yohimbine Root
Isoraunescine Plant
Isoreserpiline Plant
Isoreserpinine Leaf
Pseudoreserpine Plant
Pseudoyohimbine Plant
Raujemidine Plant
Rauvolsine Plant
Renosydine Plant
Reserpidine Plant
Reserpiline Leaf
Reserpine Root
Reserpinine Root
Sarpagine Plant
Serpentine Plant
Serpentinine Root
Serposterol Root
Tetraphyllicine Root
Tetraphylline Root
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]