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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Catharanthus roseus   FAMILY Apocynaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Catharanthus roseus   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 156-04-003:
Vinca rosea   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Catharanthus roseus

 

COMMON NAME:
Madagascar Periwinkle, Rosy-periwinkle, Cayenne Jasmine


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image of Catharanthus roseus, Madagascar Periwinkle, Rosy-periwinkle, Cayenne Jasmine

Keith Bradley    kab_c_roseus_71034

October    Miami-Dade County    FL

image of Catharanthus roseus, Madagascar Periwinkle, Rosy-periwinkle, Cayenne Jasmine

Keith Bradley    kab_c_roseus_71322

October    Miami-Dade County    FL

(The plant is the source of a powerful anti-leukemia drug) Flower >20mm across, per Weakley's Flora.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Catharanthus roseus   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Catharanthus roseus   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 156-04-003:
Vinca rosea   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Catharanthus roseus

 

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3953

Forb
Annual/Perennial

Non-native: Madagascar (now a pantropical weed)

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it in disturbed areas. It is persistent after cultivation or as a waif or "throwout" after cultivation, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Rose-pink
Peduncles 2-4mm long
5-merous
5-lobed salverform corolla

Flowers (1-2) in upper leaf axils

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Paired follicles

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



 


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