Vinca

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Dwarf shrubs or perennial herbs, trailing or erect, evergreen or deciduous. Leaves opposite; petiole prominent. Flowers solitary in leaf-axils, pedicellate; sepals linear, lacking basal glands but with 2 marginal glands; corolla usually blue; corolla-tube cylindric, hairy or thickened at throat; corolla-lobes broad, twisted, spreading; stamens enclosed in corolla-tube, inserted c. halfway along tube on short filaments, anthers hairy on back, hooded, coherent around the style head; nectary scales 2, alternating with the ovaries; carpels free except at style; style filiform, style head with a circular tuft of hairs around a thickened rim. Fruit usually of 2 erect or divergent cylindric follicles; seeds lacking wings or hairs.

7 species from Europe and Africa; 1 (possibly 2) species naturalised in Australia.

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.
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Apocynaceae
Higher taxa
genus Vinca
Subordinate taxa
species Vinca major L.
species Vinca minor L.