Taxon: Catharanthus pusillus (Murray) G. Don

Genus: Catharanthus
Family: Apocynaceae
  Subfamily: Rauvolfioideae
      Tribe: Vinceae
Nomen number: 418426
Place of publication: Gen. hist. 4:95. 1837
Name Verified on: 23-Apr-2001 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 13-May-2002
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Economic Importance:

  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Wealth India RM ed2, 3:388. 1992)
  • Weed: (fide Wealth India RM ed2, 3:388. 1992)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India - Andhra Pradesh, - Haryana, - Himachal Pradesh, - Kerala, - Orissa, - Punjab, - Rajasthan, - Tamil Nadu, - Uttar Pradesh, - Karnataka, - Delhi; Sri Lanka


  • Bergen, M. A. van 1996. Revision of Catharanthus G. Don, series of revisions of Apocynaceae XLI Agric. Univ. Wageningen Pap. 96-3:28-32.
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India The wealth of India: a dictionary of Indian raw materials and industrial products. Raw materials (revised edition). New Delhi. 1985-1992 (Wealth India RM ed2)
  • Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon. 1980- (F Ceylon)
  • Matthew, K. M. The flora of the Tamilnadu Carnatic. 1983 (F TamilC)
  • Parrotta, J. A. Healing plants of peninsular India. 2001 (Healing Pl India)
  • Pullaiah, T. et al. Flora of Andhra Pradesh (India). 1997-1998 (F Andhra Prad)
  • Verma, D. M. et al. (vol. 1); V. Mudgal et al. (vol. 2) Flora Madhya Pradesh. 1993- (F Madhya Prad)


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