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.
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: (2002). Rubiaceae. In: . 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.