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German wasp | Vespula germanica

German wasp

Vespula germanica

Coral bush | Ardisia crenata

Coral bush

Ardisia crenata

Purple loosestrife | Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Pom pom weed | Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Pom pom weed

Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Canarybird bush | Crotalaria agatiflora

Canarybird bush

Crotalaria agatiflora

Peanut butter cassia | Senna didymobotrya

Peanut butter cassia

Senna didymobotrya

Rubber vine | Cryptostegia grandiflora

Rubber vine

Cryptostegia grandiflora

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Madagascar periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus

Common name:

Madagascar periwinkle

Scientific name:

Catharanthus roseus

Alternative common names:

Begraafplaasblom (Afrikaans)

It is an ever green shrub or herbaceous plant growing to 1m tall. The flowers are white to dark pink with a darker red centre. It is a listed NEMBA Category 1b species and invades riverbanks, waste places in dry savanna and also plantations. 

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?


    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    NEMBA Catergory 1b.

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Gauteng Provinces.

    How does it spread?

    It invades riverbanks, waste places in dry savanna and also plantations.

    Why is it a problem?

    Competes with indigenous species and it is poisonous.

    What does it look like?

    Leaves: The leaves are oval to oblong, 2.5-9cm long and 13.5cm broad, glossy green, hairless, with a pale midrib and a short petiole 1-1,8cm long; they are arranged in opposite pairs. Flowers: The flowers are white to dark pink with a darker red center, with a basal tube 2.5-3cm long and a corolla 2-5cm diameter with five petal-like lobes. Fruit/seeds: The fruit is a pair of follicles 2-4cm long and 3mm broad.

    Does the plant have any uses?

    Garden ornamental and medicinal purposes.

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