Ixora L.

Name of the Malabar God to whom these flowers were offered in religious ceremonies.

Evergreen trees or shrubs. Leaves opposite, occasionally in 3s. Flower clusters of 1-many flowers, often in groups of 3, mostly terminal but occasionally axillary or on the stem. Flowers 4-parted, often fragrant. Calyx mostly red. Corolla mostly red, sometimes yellow or pink. Fruit a drupe with (1)2 seeds.

Grown for the glossy foliage and flowers that are richly coloured and often scented.

Semi-hardwood cuttings.

Shrubs with brightly coloured, long-tubed flowers, generally in terminal clusters; ovules 1 per ovary chamber.

About 300 species from tropical regions.

Anonymous (1958), De Block (1998).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rubiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Gentianales
family       Rubiaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Ixora coccinea L.