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Vinca L.

Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Genus Parent: Apocynaceae Status: Valid

Common Names:

  • PERIWINKLE - English, United States of America

Morphological Description

Diagnosis: Ours creeping or trailing perennials; leaves opposite, evergreen; flowers axillary, usually solitary; corollas salverform to funnelform with cylindrical tube and 5 equal lobes widely spreading, twisted to the left, thickened or hairy at throat, blue to lavender-blue, rarely white; paired follicles erect, glabrous, smooth; seeds without a coma.


Notes: A genus of 7 species native from Europe to n Africa and c Asia including cultivated ornamentals; some species contain alkaloids. (Name abbreviated from Latin: vinca pervinca, from vincio, to bind, alluding to the use of the foliage in wreaths; the ancient name reflected in the colloquial Italian pervinca, French pervenche, Middle English per wynke, and English periwinkle)