Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don

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Catharanthus roseus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umvumvumvu Gorge

Catharanthus roseus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umvumvumvu Gorge

Catharanthus roseus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Catharanthus roseus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Lochnera rosea (L.) Rchb. ex Endl.
Vinca rosea L.
Common names: Madagascar periwinkle (English) Rosy periwinkle (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Introduced
Description:
Erect or decumbent suffrutex, to 1 m, usually with white latex. Stems green, often suffused with purple or red. Leaves decussate, petiolate; lamina variable, elliptic, obovate or narrowly obovate; apex mucronate. Flowers 4-5 cm, showy, white or pink, with a purple, red, pale yellow or white centre. Follicle 1.2-3.8 × 0.2-0.3 cm, dehiscent on the adaxial side. Seeds 1-2 mm, numerous, grooved on one side.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: roseus: rose, rosy
Habitat: Commonly cultivated in gardens and in the Communal Lands and becoming naturalised in disturbed places, such as on roadsides, and in stream beds.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Native to Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
Growth form(s): Perennial, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 27 July 2007
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 98 - 99. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 251. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Catharanthus roseus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145040, retrieved 24 October 2014

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