Hunteria zeylanica

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Hunteria zeylanica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Hunteria
Species: H. zeylanica
Binomial name
Hunteria zeylanica
(Retz.) Gardner ex Thwaites
  • Cameraria zeylanica Retz.
  • Gynopogon lanceolatus Kurz
  • Hunteria africana K.Schum
  • Hunteria corymbosa Roxb.
  • Hunteria lanceolata Wall. ex A.DC.
  • Hunteria legocii Livera
  • Hunteria roxburghiana Wight
  • Tabernaemontana salicifolia Wall. ex A.DC.

Hunteria zeylanica grows as either an evergreen shrub or as a tree up to 15 metres (49 ft) tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 34.5 centimetres (13.6 in).[2] Its flowers feature a white corolla. Berries are yellow.[3] Habitat is forests from sea-level to 350 metres (1,150 ft) altitude. The trees can withstand salinity. Local medicinal uses include for stomach-ache. H. zeylanica wood is used for weapon handles and as firewood.[2] In Africa, the plant is native to Kenya and Tanzania and in Asia it is found in Burma, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Hunteria zeylanica". The Plant List. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. pp. 336–337. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9. 
  3. ^ a b "Hunteria zeylanica". eFloras. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hunteria zeylanica". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 29 July 2013.