6598.000 Vinca L. - Periwinkles

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, erect or trailing with stolons and watery juice. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate; intra and interpetiolar glands; margins entire. Inflorescence axillary cymes; flowers solitary or rarely 2-flowered. Flowers calyx small without glands; lobes 5 usually equal; corolla violet, funnelform or infundibuliform; tube cylindric, hairy. Fruit paired follicles erect or spreading; cylindric. Seeds numerous, sub-compressed, glabrous.

Derivation of name: Ancient Latin name

Worldwide: 5 species from Europe to North Africa and Central Asia

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Aphis nerii (Milkweed aphid, Oleander aphid) Food plant
Daphnis nerii (Oleander hawk) Larval foodplant
Vinca major

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

major L.Description, Image
minor L.

Other sources of information about Vinca:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: Vinca

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Vinca
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Vinca
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Vinca
Wikipedia: Vinca
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vinca
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Vinca

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Vinca.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1657, retrieved 14 August 2022

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