Classification Hierarchy
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Tracheophyta
Superdivision Spermatophyta
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Subclass Asteridae
Order Gentianales
Family Apocynaceae
Genus Vinca
Species Vinca minor
common periwinkle

Date: May 6, 2011. Location: Sugar Bottom(map)


Scientific Name: Vinca minor (Vinca is an abbreviation of Pliny"s Vincapervinca; minor= the smaller - compared to V. major)

Common Name: common periwinkle

Origin: Introduced

Notes: This Old World plant sometimes escapes cultivation and is found on roadsides and woodland borders. It can be invasive.

Additional references: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Field Marks for Identification:

Flowers: April; arise on peduncles from leaf axils, corolla funnelform light blue to blue-violet; follicles 2-2.5 cm. long, beaked, seeds rough.

Leaves: glossy, ovate to oblong 1.5-3 cm. long on creeping stems.

Glossaries of botanical terms: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

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