Catharanthus roseus

Family (Traditional)Apocynaceae
Species:Catharanthus roseus G. Don
Common NameChurch Flower
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Reproductive Phenology: November; Leaf Arrangement: opposite; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: pinnate; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Anther Type: Basifixed; Base Flower Color: Pink; Carpel Number/Pistil: 2; Fruit Complexity: Multiple; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Follicle; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Inflorescence Position: axillary; Inflorescence Types: solitary; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Ovules per Carpel: 13+; Perianth Present: Yes; Pistil Complexity: Compound; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Marginal; Sepal Fusion: Yes; Sepal Number: 5; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 5
C value
StatusNative; AGCP (UPL), EMP (UPL) (NWPL); GNR (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Ammocallis rosea Ammocallis rosea Small
Lochnera rosea Lochnera rosea (L.) K.Schum.
Vinca rosea Vinca rosea L.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Jefferson (KY), Madison (KY), Davidson (TN), Hamilton (TN), Knox (TN), Rutherford (TN), Williamson (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, BEREA, MTSU, TENN, UCHT, VDB

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1981 - 1987

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
APSC0075418 Jefferson Kentucky
Catharanthus roseus
BEREA002236 Madison Kentucky
Catharanthus roseus
BEREA002233 Madison Kentucky
Catharanthus roseus
BEREA002234 Madison Kentucky
Catharanthus roseus
TENN-V-0241249 Williamson Tennessee
Vinca rosea
TENN-V-0241248 Knox Tennessee
Vinca rosea
UCHT023906 Hamilton Tennessee
Vinca rosea
UCHT023909 Hamilton Tennessee
Vinca rosea
MTSU018331 Rutherford Tennessee 07 Jul 1981 Joao M. C. Ribeiro
Vinca rosea
BRIT442292 Davidson Tennessee 15 Nov 1987 R. Kral
Vinca rosea
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