Taxon: Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don

Genus: Catharanthus
Family: Apocynaceae
  Subfamily: Rauvolfioideae
      Tribe: Vinceae
Nomen number: 70159
Place of publication: Gen. hist. 4:95. 1837
Name Verified on: 08-Sep-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 08-Sep-2004
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 59 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Harmful organism host: test organism for crop diseases (fide Diseas Comp)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Hortus 3)
  • Gene sources: research in plant biology (fide Science 281:331-332. 1998)
  • Medicines: source of vinblastine & vincristine (fide Import Medicinal Pl; Pl Res SEAs 12(1):185. 1999; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar

  • Naturalized:

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Spain - Canary Islands
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea; Ethiopia
    • South Tropical Africa: Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia
    • Southern Africa: Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland
    • Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius; Reunion; Seychelles
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Thailand
    • Malesia: Malaysia; Papua New Guinea
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
    • New Zealand: New Zealand - Kermadec Islands
  • Northern America

    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, - Quintana Roo, - Yucatan
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    • Northwestern Pacific: Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Northern Mariana Islands; U.S. Outlying Islands - Wake Island
    • South-Central Pacific: French Polynesia
    • Southwestern Pacific: American Samoa; Fiji; New Caledonia; Niue; Tonga
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Netherlands Antilles; Puerto Rico; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and Grenadines; Virgin Islands (British); Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    • Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Argentina; Paraguay; Uruguay
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Ecuador - Galapagos Islands; Peru

  • Cultivated:

    . widely cult. in tropics & subtropics


  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Greece - Crete


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Check other web resources for Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don :

  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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.