Catharanthus roseus (L.) G.Don

 
  • Family : APOCYNACEAE
    (DOGBANE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Apocynaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Catharanthus roseus (L.) G.Don
  • Common name : Periwinkle, Rose periwinkle
  • Vernacular name : Sadabahar, Nayantara (Hindi); Sadapushpa, Nithyapushpa (Kannada); Nithyakalyani, Kasarali (Tamil); Billa Ganneru, Nitya kalyani, Nitya sumangali (Telugu); Sada bihari, Ainskati (Oria); Sadhapushpa (Sanskrit); Aadam-howa-chedi, Anchitahal thetti, Banappoovu, Kasithetty, Kuppavela, Nithyakallyani, Savakottappacha (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Comments / notes : Widely cultivated in gardens and households, also as an escape in cleared lands and degraded forests
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
    • Tamil Nadu : Dindigul district
  • Native : Madagascar
  • World Distribution : Naturalized in tropics
  • 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 roseus. Downloaded on 8 December 2019.

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