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Catharanthus roseus

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Family: Zostera asiaticaView Description 

Genus: Zostera asiaticaView Description 

Species: Zostera asiaticaView Description 

Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don
Habit: Plant erect, 30--60 cm. Leaf: petiole generally < 1 cm; blade +- elliptic, base +- tapered, tip mucronate. Flower: corolla 3--5 cm wide at top, pink. Fruit: +- straight. Chromosomes: 2n=16.
Ecology: Canyons, desert springs; Elevation: < 200 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo, D; Distribution Outside California: native to Madagascar. Flowering Time: Summer Note: Widely cultivated, naturalized in tropics, subtropics, often a waif in warm temperate; evidence of naturalization in California lacking; yields alkaloids extensively used in treatment of childhood leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, other human cancers.
Synonyms: Vinca rosea L.
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Citation for this treatment: Error CHECK eFlora Treatments 2012, Catharanthus roseus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=18352;, accessed on May 31, 2020.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2020, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 31, 2020.