Vinca major L.

Blue Periwinkle

Sp. Pl. 209 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Trailing evergreen with tough stems rooting at nodes; flowering stems short, ascending. Leaves broad-ovate, 2–8 cm long, 1–5 cm wide, glossy, apex usually acute, base truncate or subcordate, margins ciliate, both surfaces virtually glabrous; petiole 5–12 mm long. Flowers blue; pedicels 2–5 cm long, erect; sepals linear, 12–16 mm long, ciliate; corolla-tube 13–18 mm long; corolla-lobes broad-ovate, 15–20 mm long, spreading. Follicles 2–5 cm long, paired, tapering, beaked; seeds 1–4 per follicle. Flowers May–Dec.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to the Mediterranean region. A frequently cultivated garden ornamental that has become widely naturalised along roadsides and other disturbed sites particularly in moist riparian situations.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Apocynaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-30
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Apocynaceae
genus Vinca
Higher taxa
species Vinca major L.

Victoria

Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Vinca major in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Vinca major in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
State
Western Australia
South Australia
Queensland
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
Victoria
Tasmania