Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don

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Catharanthus roseus

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Base of rocky hill near Mazvikadei Dam wall

Catharanthus roseus

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Umvumvumvu Gorge

Catharanthus roseus

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Umvumvumvu Gorge

Catharanthus roseus

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Bué Maria, Nhambita

Catharanthus roseus

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Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Catharanthus roseus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Catharanthus roseus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Catharanthus roseus

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By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Catharanthus roseus

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By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Catharanthus roseus

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Lower slopes Mt Mabu

Catharanthus roseus

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Along path near Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Catharanthus roseus

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Hotel Castelo Branco, Chimoio

Catharanthus roseus

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Along footpath from Zomba to Magorogodo

Catharanthus roseus

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Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Catharanthus roseus

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Bue Maria, Gorongosa National Park

Catharanthus roseus

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Near Rhino Hotel, Old Runde Bridge.

Catharanthus roseus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Rhino Hotel, Old Runde Bridge.

Catharanthus roseus

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At compound of Zambezi Nightclub/Restaurant, Katima Mulilo

Catharanthus roseus

Picture: Bart Wursten
At compound of Zambezi Nightclub/Restaurant, Katima Mulilo

Catharanthus roseus

Picture: Bart Wursten
At compound of Zambezi Nightclub/Restaurant, Katima Mulilo

Catharanthus roseus

Picture: Bart Wursten
At compound of Zambezi Nightclub/Restaurant, Katima Mulilo

Catharanthus roseus

Picture: Bart Wursten
At compound of Zambezi Nightclub/Restaurant, Katima Mulilo

Catharanthus roseus

Picture: Mark Hyde
Carnac Close, near the junction with Ruth Taylor Road, Gun Hill

Catharanthus roseus

Picture: Mark Hyde
Carnac Close, near the junction with Ruth Taylor Road, Gun Hill

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Synonyms: Lochnera rosea (L.) Rchb. ex Endl.
Vinca rosea L.
Common names:
Description: Erect or decumbent suffrutex, to 1 m, usually with white latex. Stems green, often suffused with purple or red. Leaves decussate, petiolate; lamina variable, elliptic, obovate or narrowly obovate; apex mucronate. Flowers 4-5 cm, showy, white or pink, with a purple, red, pale yellow or white centre. Follicle 1.2-3.8 × 0.2-0.3 cm, dehiscent on the adaxial side. Seeds 1-2 mm, numerous, grooved on one side.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: roseus: rose, rosy
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Native to Madagascar
Growth form(s): Perennial, shrub under 2 m.
Insects associated with this species: Aphis nerii (Food plant)
Daphnis nerii (Larval foodplant)
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Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 98 - 99. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 251. (Includes a picture).

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 454 - 456. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 18.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 25.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 197.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Catharanthus roseus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Catharanthus roseus
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Catharanthus roseus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/species.php?species_id=145040, retrieved 26 May 2019

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