Sunday, 13 January 2008

IXORA COCCINEA

IXORA COCCINEA

Ixora is a genus from the family Rubiaceae. This is one of the best known garden shrubs in Malaysia. It loves the sun. The locals named it Jejarum (needle flower) because the buds look like needles. Originating in the Asia-Pacific, it blooms all year round and comes in a variety of colors the most common being bright red. It can also be found commonly in tropical climates in the USA.

There are many names for Ixora. Sometimes, it is known as West Indian Jasmine, rangan, kheme, ponna, chann tanea, techi, pan, jarum-jarum, Jungle flame, Jungle geranium, and many more.

The plant possesses leathery leaves, ranging from 3 to 6 inches in length, and produce large clusters of tiny flowers in the summer. It prefers acidic soil, and is a suitable choice for making good hedges and bonsai. The flower has sweet nectar which attracts lots of insects such as bees, butterflies and ants.

1 comment:

Charles Key said...

Wah, I love the flower pix..so nice..the color & everything is jz beautiful..

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