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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the trib Vinceae — the dogbanes.


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  • In my area we call Vinca spp. and Catharanthus roseus “Vinca”, but farther north, we called Vinca spp., “Myrtle”.

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  • The common name, shared with the related genus Catharanthus, is Periwinkle.


  • Noteworthy among these are Ancistrocladus korupensis (Cameroon), Pausinystalia yohimbe (Nigeria, Cameroon and Rwanda) and Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar), which are being used in pharmaceutical research in industrialized countries.

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  • Important crude drugs included: Plantago ovata (psyllium), Panax spp. (ginseng), Cassia spp. (senna), Catharanthus roseus

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  • (Catharanthus roseus) is a source of at least 60 alkaloids, of which the two important alkaloids, vincristine and vinblastine, have revolutionized the treatment of childhood leukemia and hodgkin's disease.

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  • The rosy periwinkle, Catharanthus roseus (synonymous to Vinca rosea), represents a classic example of the importance of plants used traditionally by man.

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  • Catharanthus roots contain alkaloids used in the treatment of leukemia, and its leaves contain alkaloids reported to lower blood pressure.

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  • Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) has proved to be an effective screening tool for treatments to control Huanglongbing (HLB), according to Yong-Ping Duan of the ARS U.S.

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  • Patty tried one of the new trailing vincas (Catharanthus roseus 'Cora Cascade Magenta') for her pots between the Formal Garden and Lilly House.

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  • It's amazing to consider: Taxol (derived from the bark of the Pacific Yew), digoxin (foxglove plant); Vinca alkaloids (derived from Catharanthus roseus, a.k.a. periwinkle plant); and Camptothecin, irinotecan, topotecan (derived from Camptotheca acuminata, a.k.a. Happy tree).

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