Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Catharanthus G.Don, Gen. Hist. 71, 95 (1837)

Erect annual or perennial herbs.  Lvs opposite, with milky latex.  Fls axillary, solitary or in pairs, 5-merous.  Calyx small, deeply lobed, without basal glands.  Corolla salverform;  tube narrow, throat closed by hairs;  limb patent, twisted anticlockwise in bud.  Filaments very short; anthers oblong, connivent into cone around stigma, the base shortly sagittate and connective not spreading.  Disc consisting of 2 glands alternating with ovary.  Carpels 2;  ovules many;  style uniformly slender; stigma with thin transparent collar at base.  Follicle cylindric, erect or partly so.  Seeds 15–30 per follicle, tuberculate;  coma 0.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Catharanthus G.Don
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Don, G. 1837: A General History of Dichlamydeous Plants. Vol. 4. J.G. & F. Rivington et al., London.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.