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Rauvolfia (Rauvolfia vomitoria)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).


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Common names 

swizzle stick, poison devil's-pepper, asofeyeje (yoruba)


Hylacium owariense Afzel., Rauvolfia senegambiae A. DC

Related feed(s) 

Rauvolfia vomitoria is a shrub or small tree up to 8 m. Older parts of the plant contain no latex. The branches are whorled and the nodes enlarged and lumpy. Leaves in threes, elliptic-acuminate to broadly lanceolate. Flowers are minute, sweet-scented, branches of inflorescences are distinctly puberulous with hardly any free corolla lobes. Fruits are fleshy and red in colour (Orwa et al., 2009).


Tropical Africa

Environmental impact 

This tree has become extremely invasive on the Big Island of Hawaii (North Kohala District) and should not be planted because of its known potential to become weedy.

Nutritional aspects
Potential constraints 

The specific epithet vomitoria refers to the purgative and emetic properties of the bark.


Leaves as fodder have low fibre content.

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Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value 
Datasheet citation 

DATASHEET UNDER CONSTRUCTION. DO NOT QUOTE. https://www.feedipedia.org/node/638 Last updated on April 13, 2012, 16:46

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