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Periwinkle family

Observed: 4th May 2010 By: rjm556
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Description:

five petals light blue to bright blue flower on long stem ,hair less

Identifications
Species interactions

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Comments

Kluut's picture

Species is .....

likely to be V. major.
(Don't know what went wrong there)
It has several common names and if it is V. major, does not come from Madagascar.
It is a member of the asclepiacae - which includes stapelia and adenium. It also means that polination is unusual as there is no free pollen, but pollinia. It did set seed in my garden on one occasion after there was a large influx of humming-bird hawkmoths that spent ages feeding from it, so presumably pollinated it.

rjm556's picture

my flax (Linum perenne)

i have decided that the plant is the lesser periwinkle Vinca minor i rechecked today with reference book

Norwichnaturalist's picture

Vinca minor

sepals short and a common native, garden escape

Colin Jacobs.
Wild Flower Society member
Norwich
Norfolk
vc27
http://www.thewildflowersociety.com/

Kluut's picture

Leaves

It isn't easy to say from the photo', but the leaf shape varies quite a bit major v. minor. The leaves of minor are small and verging on lanceolate, those of major are oval.

rjm556's picture

greater periwinkle

this periwinkle is growing lomger ,and they are more abundant today.

Chris Metherell's picture

Vinca major vs. Vinca minor

There is an easy way to tell these two species apart. look at the margins of the leaves and the calyx lobes. V. minor is glabrous, V. major minutely hairy.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland