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  Ixora finlaysoniana
 
  Family: RUBIACEAE
  Citation:  Ixora finlaysoniana Wall. ex G. Don, Gen. Hist. 3: 573. 1834; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 629(444). 1921; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 195. 1989; Tariq Husain & Paul, J. Econ. Tax. Bot. Addl. ser. 5, 128.1989; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 256. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 369. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 453. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 453. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Vellathetchi
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Fragrant ixora
  Description: Shrubs or small trees to 8 m tall; young branches glabrous; stipule 3-5 x 3.5-7 mm, under surface hairy and glandular, outer glabrous; cusp 1-2.5 mm long. Leaves opposite, 7-23 x 3-9 cm, elliptic, oblong, obovate, oblong-oblanceolate, ovate or elliptic-ovate, apex obtuse, acute, acuminate, retuse or apiculate, base acute, smooth, coriaceous, glabrous on both the surfaces; lateral nerves 10-12 pairs; petiole 4-17 mm long, glabrous. Corymbs 5-13 cm wide, open, sessile or subsessile; peduncle up to 2 cm long; bracts 0.8-1.3 cm long, linear-lanceolate, acute glabrous or pubescent, lower most bract 2.3-3.3 x 0.7-1.8 cm, leaf-like, sessile, ovate or obovate, acute. Flowers white or pale green, faintly scented, central flowers of the trichasia sessile and ebracteolate, others pedicelled, bracteolate; pedicel 1-2.5 mm long, pubescent or glabrous; bracteole 2-7 mm long; linear, acute, glabrous or pubescent. Calyx-tube 1.5-2.5 mm long, pubescent or glabrous; lobes 3-12 mm long, lanceolate or oblong, pubescent or glabrous, acute. Corolla-tube 15-35 mm long, glabrous; lobes 5-10 x 2-5 mm, ovate-oblong, obtuse; filaments 1-2 mm long, glabrous; anthers 2.5-5 mm long; style 17-37 mm long, glabrous; stigmatic arms 1.5-2 mm long; buds greenish brown. Fruit 7-10 x 6-10 mm, globose, glossy, black or reddish, blue at maturity.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-June
  District(s): Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Ernakulam, Kozhikkode, Wayanad, Kannur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grown in gardens
  Distribution: Asia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
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