Catharanthus roseus: Madagascar Periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus [Madagascar Periwinkle] is a species of Catharanthus native and endemic to Madagascar. Synonyms include Vinca rosea, Ammocallis rosea, and Lochnera rosea; other English names occasionally used include Cape Periwinkle, Rose Periwinkle, Rosy Periwinkle, and “Old-maid”.

It is an evergreen shrub or herbaceous plant growing to 1 m tall. The flowers are white to dark pink with a darker red center.

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In the wild, it is an endangered plant; the main cause of decline is habitat destruction by slash and burn agriculture. However, it is widely cultivated and is naturalised in subtropical and tropical areas of the world.

Photo: HortParkSingapore 20120630

Source: Wikipedia

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