Shrub Vinca
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Shrub Vinca
ative elliptic Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Shrub Vinca, Pink Kopsia, Pink Gardenia • Bengali: Dakur
Botanical name: Kopsia fruticosa    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Shrub Vinca is a tall bush with simple leaves. It has an interesting resemblance to Frangipani. It is an evergreen shrub growing up to 4 m tall. The plant is hairless except for inflorescences. Leaf stalk is 1 cm. Leaf blade narrowly elliptic or narrowly oblong, 10-23 X 2.5-9 cm, tip sharp or blunt. Flowers occur in bunches of a few. Beautiful light pink flowers, which may also be almost white, have 5 petals that are oblong, 1.5-2.5 cm. The plant is distributed in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand. It is cultivated as an ornamental as well as for its medicinal properties.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in Maharashtra.

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