Taxon: Vinca major L.

Genus: Vinca
Family: Apocynaceae
  Subfamily: Rauvolfioideae
      Tribe: Vinceae
Nomen number: 41679
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:209. 1753
Name Verified on: 24-Jan-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 24-Jan-2012
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA)
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Hortus 3)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Rep NCEPPC)

Distributional Range:


    . exact native range obscure


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Western Asia: Turkey
  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Italy; Serbia; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: France; Spain

  • Naturalized:

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores, - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea; Ethiopia
    • Northern Africa: Morocco
    • Southern Africa: South Africa - Eastern Cape, - KwaZulu-Natal, - Western Cape
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Western Asia: Cyprus; Lebanon; Syria
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Pakistan
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
    • New Zealand: New Zealand
  • Europe

    • East Europe: Ukraine
    • Middle Europe: Austria; Hungary
    • Northern Europe: Norway
    • Southeastern Europe: Bulgaria; Greece - Crete
    • Southwestern Europe: France - Corsica; Portugal
  • Northern America

    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, - Missouri
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Massachusetts, - Ohio
    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - Coahuila, - Durango, - Nuevo Leon, - San Luis Potosi, - Tamaulipas
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Oregon, - Washington
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico, - Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, - Arkansas, - Georgia, - Mississippi, - North Carolina, - South Carolina, - Tennessee, - Virginia
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, - Federal District, - Guanajuato, - Hidalgo, - Mexico, - Morelos, - Oaxaca, - Puebla, - Queretaro, - Tlaxcala, - Veracruz
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California
    • Western Canada: Canada - British Columbia
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
  • Southern America

    • Mesoamerica: Costa Rica
    • Northern South America: Venezuela - Aragua
    • Southern South America: Argentina; Chile; Uruguay
    • Western South America: Ecuador - Pichincha; Peru - Cuzco

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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Check other web resources for Vinca major L. :

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • Flora del Conosur: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Conosur
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Vinca major cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image