Madagascar periwinkle


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Madagascar periwinkle

n.
A low-growing perennial plant (Catharanthus roseus) native to Madagascar, having pink or white flowers and cultivated as a groundcover and as a source of alkaloids used to treat diabetes, cancer, and other diseases. Also called rosy periwinkle.

Mad′agas′car per′iwinkle


n.
a plant, Catharanthus roseus (or Vinca rosea), cultivated for its glossy foliage and pink or white flowers.
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Noun1.Madagascar periwinkle - commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowersMadagascar periwinkle - commonly cultivated Old World woody herb having large pinkish to red flowers
Catharanthus, genus Catharanthus - small genus of erect annual or perennial herbs native to Madagascar; widely naturalized in the tropics; formerly included in genus Vinca
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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Vinca alkaloids, which come from the Madagascar periwinkle plant, are used today in chemotherapy treatment because they help slow down or stall the multiplying of cancer cells.
HI ERIC, Yes, the plant is named correctly - it is Vinca rosea, otherwise known as the Madagascar periwinkle.
Pandan comes from the thatch screwpine herb (Pandanaceae tectorius) and bignay, horseradish tree, and saw palmetto, with accompanying famous herbs for kidney-and immune-boosting health: ngai camphor tree, holy basil, yerba buena, pansit-pansitan, Chinese chaste tree, Indian tinospora, Madagascar periwinkle, Rauwolfia, and Panax ginseng.
The Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) is an important source of terpenoid indole alkaloids.
For example, Madagascar periwinkle originally from Madagascar is used as a compound in making anticancer agents.
Annual color For an instant hit of color in sunny spots, plant cosmos, Madagascar periwinkle (sometimes sold as vinca), marigold, portulaca, sunflower, verbena, or zinnia.