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Climate and soil conditions ofRauwolfia serpentina in India

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1.|Data on climatic and soil conditions whereR. serpentina is growing in a natural state are presented in this paper.

2.|A climate with a range of temperature from 50°F to 100°F and an annual rainfall of about 100 inches mainly through the southwest monsoon, seems to be well suited for this species.

3.|The soils whereR. serpentina is growing in a natural state are acidic with soil pH around 4.0, clayey to clayey loam in texture, include an abundance of humus and have a good drainage.

4.|The NPK requirements of the species are presented.

5.|The Deccan peninsula seems to be more suitable for cultivation ofR. serpentina than the sub-Himalayan regions.

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Correspondence to P. D. Varadarajan.

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Based on the paper presented by the author in the Symposium on Production and Utilisation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India at the Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu, in November, 1961.

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Varadarajan, P.D. Climate and soil conditions ofRauwolfia serpentina in India. Econ Bot 17, 133–138 (1963). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02985363

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Keywords

  • Southwest Monsoon
  • Good Drainage
  • Clayey Loam
  • Serpen
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