Catharanthus pusillus (Murray) G.Don

 
  • Family : APOCYNACEAE
    (DOGBANE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Apocynaceae
  • Synonym(s) : Lochnera pusilla (Murray) K.Schum.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Catharanthus pusillus (Murray) G.Don
  • Common name : Indian Periwinkle
  • Vernacular name : Vishakanagile gida (Kannada); Palaich chetthai (Tamil); Erri mirapa, Kaatuka kalugaku, Kanupoolaku, Gulvidi (Telugu); Kapavila (Malayalam); Sukbanda (Hindi)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Weed of cultivation and colonizer
  • Comments / notes : On plains to 1400m
  • Flower, Fruit : July-January
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Srikakulam district, Vishakapatnam district, Vizianagaram district, East Godavari district, West Godavari district, Krishna district, Guntur district, Prakasam district, Kurnool district, Nellore district, Kadapa district, Anantapur district, Chittoor district
    • Telangana : Mehboobnagar district, Khammam district, Nalgonda district
    • Karnataka : All districts of Karnataka
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
    • Odisha : Ganjam district, Mayurbhanj district, Kalhandi district, Cuttack district
    • Tamil Nadu : Vellore district, Tiruvannamalai district, Dindigul district, Alagar Hills (Madurai district), Kolli Hills (Namakkal district), Shevaroy Hills, Kalrayan Hills, Bodamalai Hills (Salem district), Pachamalai Hills (Tiruchirapalli district), Piranmalai Hills (Sivaganga district), Dharmapuri Hills, Theerthamalai Hills (Dharmapuri district), Gingee Hill (Villipuram district)
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Catharanthus pusillus. Downloaded on 23 August 2019.

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