Balakrishn Ixora
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Balakrishn Ixora
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Balakrishn Ixora
Botanical name: Ixora balakrishnii    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Ixora roxburghii, Ixora villosa

Balakrishn Ixora is a shrub with leaves 15-40 x 6-13 cm, very variable in shape, brown when dry, thinly leathery, hairless above, beneath velvet-hairy chiefly on the 10-12 pair of nerves or hairless. Leaf-stalk is 4-8 mm; stipules 1.2-2.5 cm, woolly. Flower-cluster-stalks are stout, 5-10 cm. Flower-cymes and ramifications hardly jointed ; lower bracts often leafy, upper inear-subulate. Flowers are crowded, fragrant, shortly stalked. Petals are oblong, notched. Filaments are pointed ; anthers slender. Style-arms are slender, free or fused. Fruit is size of a pea, smooth, red. After flowering the sepal-cup-teeth sometimes exceed the tube, when the latter does not swell and form fruit. Balakrishn Ixora is found in East Himalaya to Peninsula Malaysia.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Lungkulh, Mizoram.

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