Catharanthus roseus

Scientific name: Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don
Synonym: Vinca rosea L.
Botanical family: APOCYNACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)


  • guajaca


  • vicaria
  • vicaria blanca

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Herb or subshrub, up to 80 cm tall, with white milky latex. Leaves opposite, elliptic or oblong 2-7 cm x 1.5cm; Flowers in 2-3 clusters or solitary, with 5 petals, ranging from white to greenish-yellow to rose-pink to reddish purple, and corolla tube inflated below the limb; fruit a follicle, cylindrical, 1.5-3.5 cm long.







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