Common name: Small Flowered Ixora, Torch tree, Torchwood ixora • Hindi: Jilpai, kotagandhal, लोहाजंगिन Lohajangin, मशाल का झाड़ Mashal-ka-jhar • Marathi: गोरवीकटगी goravikatagi, माकडी maakadi, रायकुरा raikura • Tamil: சுளுந்து culuntu, கோரான் koran • Malayalam: Soochimulla • Telugu: కొరవి koravi • Kannada: ಗೊರವಿ goravi, ಕೊರವಿ koravi • Konkani: Kurati • Sanskrit: Nemali, Nevali
Botanical name: Ixora pavetta Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Ixora arborea, Ixora parviflora, Ixora decipiens
Small Flowered Ixora is a very different Ixora in that it a
tree, not a shrub, and it has flowers much smaller than Red Ixora. It is a
small, much branched tree. Leaves vary from ovate-oblong to
cuneate-obovate, bluntish or short-pointed, 3-4 inches long. Flowers are small,
white or pink, and distinctly fragrant too. Flower tube is short, hairless,
7.5-10 mm long, with 4 oblong-linear petals with curled margins.
Sepal tube have 4 small teeth. Style protrudes
out of the flower, with a bifurcated stigma. Flowers appear in corymbs or
panicles at the end of
branches, stalkless or peduncled. Berries are round, about 6 mm across.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
|Photographed Sundar Nursery, Delhi.|