The plant Rauwolfia vomitoria produces a variety of chemicals that have medicinal properties, the most important of which is the reserpine used to treat mental illness.
This alkaloid is extracted from its roots. Considering its medicinal use by local people the value of the plant is threatened with extinction.
Good genetic diversity may lead to large amounts of alkaloids and the growth of this plant in a variety of areas other than its origin.
Therefore, that therapeutic properties can be used without the risk of extinction.