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Many-Flowered Ixora   
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Many-Flowered Ixora
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Many-Flowered Ixora • Malayalam: കലിഞ്ഞി kalinji • Marathi: रान कुडा ran kuda
Botanical name: Ixora polyantha    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

Many-Flowered Ixora is a small shrub, with hairless branches. Leaves are 10-30 x 4-12 cm, obovate to broadly oblanceate, pointed or long-pointed, short-stalked, stipules long cuspidate. Flowers are borne in large, 7-12 cm broad, corymb-like cymes at branch ends. Flowers are white, bracts about 3.5 mm long, falling off, bracteoles linear, long-pointed. Sepal tube is short, about 1.5 mm long, sepals more than twice as long as the ovary, ovate-lanceshaped, pointed, hairless. Flower tube is 2.0-2.5 cm long, hairless, petals about 6 mm long, turned back, mouth hairless. Anthers are linear, about 2.5 mm long. Stigma branches are recurved. Many-Flowered Ixora is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: March-July.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar, G.R. Rao
Photographed along Kumta-Siddapur Road, Karnataka.
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