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: 1 taxon.

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

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
major L.C,EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Vinca:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Vinca

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vinca
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Vinca
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vinca
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Vinca
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Vinca
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vinca
JSTOR Plant Science: Vinca
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vinca
Plants of the World Online: Vinca
Tropicos: Vinca
Wikipedia: Vinca

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Vinca.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1657, retrieved 19 April 2024

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