Ixora

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Ixora
Ixora coccinea (Rubiaceae).jpg
Ixora coccinea
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Asterids
Order:Gentianales
Family:Rubiaceae
Subfamily:Ixoroideae
Tribe:Ixoreae
Genus:Ixora
L.
Type species
Ixora coccinea
L.
 
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Ixora
Ixora coccinea (Rubiaceae).jpg
Ixora coccinea
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Asterids
Order:Gentianales
Family:Rubiaceae
Subfamily:Ixoroideae
Tribe:Ixoreae
Genus:Ixora
L.
Type species
Ixora coccinea
L.

Ixora is a genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family. It consists of tropical evergreen trees and shrubs and holds around 500 species.[1] Though native to the tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world, its centre of diversity is in Tropical Asia. Ixora also grows commonly in subtropical climates in the United States, such as Florida. It is commonly known as West Indian Jasmine. Other common names include: rangan, kheme, ponna, chann tanea, techi, pan, santan, jarum-jarum, Jungle flame, Jungle geranium, and many more. The plants possess leathery leaves, ranging from 3 to 6 inches in length, and produce large clusters of tiny flowers in the summer. Members of Ixora prefer acidic soil, and are suitable choices for bonsai. It is also a popular choice for hedges in parts of South East Asia, like in Thailand. In tropical climates they flower year round.

Red ixora flowers are commonly used in Hindu worship, as well as in ayurveda and Indian folk medicine.

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