White Luculia
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White Luculia
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: White Luculia
Botanical name: Luculia grandifolia    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

White Luculia is a deciduous shrub originating from Bhutan and parts of NE India. It produces flowers during mid summer that are clustered in shape and green and white in color. Flowers have a long, narrow tube, opening into a flat-face flower, with 5 white, overlapping petals which are rounded in shape. The plant is spreading, and grows to a height of 6 m and 4 m spread. It has oval leaves that are green, and sometimes have deep pink mid-vein. This tender plant grows into a large and dominant plant. It requires a moist and well drained soil, preferring full sun, and a position in a container. This plant is likely to need feeding. It is susceptible to and should be protected from whitefly, mealy bugs and spider mites. White Luculia is found in Bhutan, Sikkim and parts of West Bengal.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Gangtok, Sikkim.

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