Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle)

  • Sue Snell
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Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle). Sue Snell. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Source: Wellcome Collection.

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Shows single pink flower on dark green leafed plant. It is the source of vinca alkaloids, used in chemotherapy (as vinblastine, vincristine, etc) for leukaemia and other cancers. Has been used as a herbal remedy for diabetes. Its investigation as a treatment for arthritis led to the discovery of its cytotoxic properties.


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