Common name: Madagascar Periwinkle
Catharanthus roseus (L.) G.Don APNI*
Description: Erect perennial herb or subshrub to c. 70 cm high.
Leaves elliptic, 2.5–8 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, apex rounded and minutely mucronate, margins undulate, glossy, sparsely hairy; petiole 2–10 mm long.
Flowers 2.5–4 cm diam. Calyx 3–5 mm long. Corolla rose-pink or white, often with a red centre; tube 25–30 mm long; lobes 20–30 mm long.
Follicles c. 25 mm long, erect, striated and often pubescent.
Flowering: most of year.
Distribution and occurrence: Often cultivated in coastal gardens, naturalized in a few areas. Native of trop. Amer.; a widespread tropical weed.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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