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.

Madagascar periwinkle

Herbal medicine
A subtropical plant that contains two anticancer alkaloids, vinblastine and vincristine; it has been used as a herb to treat stings and bleeding, and as a gargle for sore throat and respiratory complaints.
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In vitro antibacterial activity and phytochemical analysis of Catharanthus roseus (Linn.
Information: Abstracts of International Symposium on Recent Advances in Natural Products Research; The Botanical, chemical, Biosynthetic and Pharmacologic Aspects of Catharanthus roseus (L).
Study of antihyperglycemic effect of Catharanthus roseus in alloxan induced diabetic rats.
Fungal activity of various alkaloids isolated from Catharanthus roseus G.
FLOWERS VISITED: Anoda acerifolia, Blechum pyramidatum, Calopogonium coeruleum, Catharanthus roseus, Centrosema virginianum, Chromolaena odorata, Citrus sp.
10:00 ROOT AND FOLIAR RESPONSES OF MARIGOLD TAGETES PATULA, ZINNIA ZINNIA ELEGANS AND VINCA CATHARANTHUS ROSEUS GROWN IN 288 PLUG TRAYS COATED WITH ZINC CHLORIDE COMPOUNDS.
Las plantas son valiosas fuentes para la obtencion de nuevas drogas antineoplasicas, como vinblastina y paclitaxel, que derivan de los principios activos de Catharanthus roseus y Taxus brevifolia, respectivamente (1).
The collection includes catharanthus roseus - a plant which is the only source of two drugs used in the treatment of several cancers - aloe vera, apple, banana, foxglove, mint, olive, orange, pineapple, evening primrose, strawberry, sunflower, cocoa, coffee, ginger, ginkgo, ginseng, grape, tea and yew.
Now recognized as Catharanthus roseus, it has been found to contain alkaloids beneficial in treating cancer.
Nicotiana tabacum (tobacco) were developed expressing protease inhibitors from Manduca sexta or the enzyme tryptophan decarboxylase from Catharanthus roseus (periwinkle).
Catharanthus roseus, the Madagascar periwinkle, is a popular house and conservatory plant growing to about 2 ft.