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Offline Rena

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Rauvolfia caffra
« on: January 11, 2012, 17:03:11 PM »
Can anyone ID this one - it looks similar to a frangipani
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2012, 10:47:36 AM »
  :mmm: And what makes you think it is not a Frangipani  ??? ??? there are some 8 different specie of Plumeria and bucketful of hybrids.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2012, 11:02:24 AM »
Or loquat?

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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2012, 15:29:28 PM »

Or Rauvolfia caffra (quinine tree)?


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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2012, 22:53:25 PM »
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 01:42:26 AM »
 :mmm: Rena  ;D

Who is going to get the prize  ???  ;)  :woohoo:
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2012, 09:23:54 AM »
Abby -  :mmm:

I think I will have to try for some better photos today.
It is similar to my plumerias and that's what I first thought it was - but a chap at a nursery was adamant that it wasn't a frangipani and said it is called a "false" something but couldn't remember what the "something" is.......  The seedling came up in the garden and I potted it up. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2012, 09:09:44 AM »
From this picture the growth point definitely looks more extended than what I have on my Plumeria. ???

Perhaps you may have to wait till it blooms ???

Then again if it came up as a seedling in the garden  - It is a WEED  :mean:

Walk around your neighbourhood you are likely to come across its parent  ;)

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 Check out this Plumeria link http://www.sacredgardenfrangipanis.com/index.php
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2012, 17:53:54 PM »
Aletta gets the prize ;D ;D ;D

A funny thing happened again - Aletta's post saying rauvolfia went missing and I only saw it today after a PM from her........and immediately saw it was indeed the kinaboom or rauvolfia caffra.

Thank you, Aletta - I love it when a tree gets a name :party: :party:
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Re: ID please? - Rauvolfia caffra
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2012, 11:43:06 AM »
 :clap: Alleta  :good:

 :woohoo:

Rena :)

Are you going to bonsai it - over 30m maturity from what I've read - big tree ???

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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2012, 12:04:46 PM »
Abby - we don't have place for any more big trees - so this one will probably become a gift to someone who wants it :)
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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2012, 17:39:06 PM »
every body need one.
From
http://www.worldagroforestry.org/treedb2/AFTPDFS/Rauvolfia_caffra.pdf

Alcohol: The root and stem bark is added to a local alcoholic beverage made from banana to increase the potency of the drink.

Medicine: The pharmacological studies of the plant show it to be an anti-depressant; it has sedative action and an anti- hypertensive effect accompanied by brachycardia. R. caffra alkaloid (resperine) exerts important effects on behaviour and on autonomic functions, and has been very useful in the treatment of hypertension and psychoses. The root of the plant is traditionally used for treating insomnia and insecurity. A bark decoction is drunk for general body swellings, rheumatism and pneumonia. The stem and root bark can be used as an ascaricide and the powdered unopened inflorescence as a local application to sores on the legs. The root juice, mixed with honey, is applied to fractures. The bark has been used as an astringent and as a colic remedy. The root bark is dried and ground or pounded while fresh and an infusion prepared for the remedy of roundworms and tapeworm. It also acts as a purgative and/or an emetic. The bark is used as a cure for coughs and toothaches.

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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2012, 17:44:15 PM »

This is my Rauvolfia tree which I got about six years ago as a seedling from a friend. It is now about 2.5 meters tall.  As our garden is not very big, I hope the dry, hot summers and wet winters of the Cape will retard it's growth somewhat!                   






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Re: ID please? - Rauvolfia caffra
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2012, 12:51:09 PM »
Aletta

sure is a good looking tree  :love:

and with all the benefits that Jan mentions  it certainly looks like a keeper ???  ;D

So Rena

I think you should bonsai it - feel sure Michael will be able to fill you in on that.

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