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Lesser Periwinkle

Vinca minor


This periwinkle (lesser or dwarf) is an evergreen perennial flowering plant belonging to a family Apocynaceae. Forms dense massifs and grows up to 35 - 40 cm in height; and produce five-petaled blue solitary flowers of some 2-3cm in diameter. Looks totally like Vinca major ( except of reduced size in all parts.


Native to Central Europe; observed on a forest floor, growing in shade, in a beautiful 'Bois du Faisan' forest (mainly broadleaved forest close to Versoix, Switzerland)), in a valley of lake Geneva, just in between Jura and Alps mountains ranges.


Containing a large number of alkaloids, periwinkle has found the use in medicine.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on May 6, 2018
Submitted on May 21, 2018

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