Saturday, October 2, 2010

Plants of Malaysia

Catharanthus roseus (Vinca rosea)

Vinca rosea is a small plant having pink or white flowers of the Family Apocynaceae. This plant has been reclassified as Catharanthus roseus, with a common name of Madagascar periwinkle. It is so known as Madagascar periwinkle because it is claimed to have originated from that country.

This plant has been studied by scientists because of the alkaloids it contains have been reported to have various biological activities such as anticancer activity and hypoglycemic and antihyperglycemic activity. The list below gives examples such study.

Glucosyl Zeatin and Glucosyl Ribosylzeatin from Vinca rosea L. Crown Gall Tumor Tissue by Jay B. Peterson and Carlos O. Miller. 1977. Plant Physiology, volume 59(6):1026-1028
Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle):A Natural Antineoplastic and Antidiabetic
A Botanical Quick Review by Eric Yarnell, ND, RH. 2004.

Microtubules as a target for anticanser drugs by Mary Ann Jordan and Leslie Wilson. 2004. Nature Reviews, Volume 4:253-265


Anonymous said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

David Garcia Hong Kong said...

Do they grow exclusively in Malaysia? I think i saw a bunch of these at the roof garden of my friends flat when i was in Hong Kong. They really look awesome!

purplemelastoma said...


Thank you

purplemelastoma said...

David Garcia,

No. It has been claimed to have originated from Madagascar, but have been brought to all parts of the world as ornamental plants or as research materials for isolation and study of biologically active compounds.