Please help identify this plant. The cutting rooted and it's now flowering, but I have no idea what it is.

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This is Catharanthus roseus, commonly known as the Madagascar periwinkle or rosy periwinkle. It is native and endemic to Madagascar, but grown elsewhere as an ornamental and medicinal plant, a source of the drugs vincristine and vinblastine, used to treat cancer. Other English names include Vinca, Cape periwinkle, rose periwinkle, rosy periwinkle, and "old-maid". It was formerly included in the genus Vinca as Vinca rosea.

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