Ixora parviflora

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Ixora parviflora Lam.
  • Common Name : White Ixora, Naveri, Kuraat, Torch Tree, Rai-Kudd
  • Plant Family : Rubiaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Ixora parviflora Plant :

  • Habit : A small shrub, unarmed and evergreen.
  • Leaves : Opposite or ternate, coriaceous, oblong or ovate-elliptic, obtuse, base cordate, stipules interpetiolar.
  • Flowers :
    • White, fragrant,  many, in big, sub-globose clusters of sessile cymes of 3-5 pairs of short branches, pedicels very short, flower-buds ellipsoid, lower bracts broad and pointed, upper ones lanceolate, connected by a stipule-like membrane across the nodes, bracteoles minute.
    • Calyx-tube ovoid-oblong, small, teeth 4, small, triangular.
    • Corolla white, salver-shaped, tube less than one inch long, slender, lobes 4, reflexed, linear-oblong, obtuse, not hairy at the throat.
    • Stamens 4, sessile, epipetalous, anthers linear alternate with corolla-lobes.
    • Ovary inferior 2-celled, ovule one in each cell, style hairy, stigma bifid.
  • Fruit : Two pyrenes.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : January - April
  • Significance : Planted in gardens.