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Tabernaemontana, genus Tabernaemontana(noun)
evergreen tropical trees and shrubs with milky sap
Tabernaemontana is a genus of 100-110 species of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae. It has a pan-tropical distribution. These plants are shrubs and small trees growing to 1–15 m tall. The leaves are evergreen, opposite, 3–25 cm long, with milky sap; hence it is one of the diverse plant genera commonly called "milkwood". The flowers are fragrant, white, 1–5 cm in diameter. The cultivar T. divaricata cv. 'Plena', with doubled-petaled flowers, is a popular houseplant. Crape Jasmine is also popular as an ornamental plant. Some members of the genus Tabernaemontana are used as additives to some versions of the psychedelic drink Ayahuasca; the genus is known to contain ibogaine conolidine and voacangine. T. sananho preparations are used in native medicine to treat eye injuries and as an anxiolytic, and T. heterophylla is used to treat dementia in the elderly. Conolidine may be developed as a new class of pain-killer. Caterpillars of the Oleander Hawk-moth have been found to feed on Pinwheel Flower. The genus commemorates the "father of German botany" Jacobus Theodorus Tabernaemontanus.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A plant genus of the family APOCYNACEAE that contains bisindole alkaloids and IBOGAINE.
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