Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don - Madagascar Periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus plant

Family - Apocynaceae

Stems:

Catharanthus roseus stem

Leaves:

Catharanthus roseus leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Catharanthus roseus calyxCalyx.

Catharanthus roseus flower

Catharanthus roseus white flower

Catharanthus roseus fruitsFruits.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Frequently cultivated and rarely escaped to old homesites and disturbed sites.

Origin - Native to Madagascar.

Other information - This attractive species species can be found cultivated throughout much of Alabama but is escaped in just a handful of counties. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its big flowers, shiny leaves, and paired fruits. The flowers are typically pink but white flowers are also common.
The genus name Catharanthus derives from the Greek "cathar" meaning "pure, immaculate" and "anthus" meaning "flower."
The species epithet roseus derives from the Latin "rose" meaning "rose-colored, rosy."

Alabama Distribution:

Catharanthus roseus map

Photographs taken in Lochapocka, AL., 9-23-04.


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