Catharanthus roseus, Fam. Apocynaceae
Perennial herb or sub-shrub 0.6-1m tall with white milky sap.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Herb, Shrub|
Simple opposite oval, 25-90 x 10-35mm, leathery glossy dark green.
|Flower description:||Slender tubular with 5 spreading lobes; dark pink or white and darker in the centre.|
|Fruit description:||Paired dry cylindrical follicles, 20-40 x 3mm; with numerous black oblong seeds 20-25mm long.|
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|Toxicity:||Toxic if ingested, irritant sap, toxic or irritant to domestic pets, toxic to native animals|
|Notes:||Spread by: garden waste, water and wind over short distance. Invades: disturbed areas, pest of some agricultural systems (eg sugar cane) and has the ability to invade everywhere except rainforest and wetlands. Notes: garden escapee, particularly common in coastal areas in this region. All parts of the plant are poisonous.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|