Jungle Flame

Ixora coccinea (Rubiaceae)

Characteristics

Dense, multi-branched, evergreen shrub, mostly 1-2 m tall. Leathery leaves, about 10 cm long, opposite, margins entire. Tubular flowers in dense rounded clusters, produced almost all year long.

Distribution

Native to Southern India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Today widespread as famous ornamental plant in many tropical and subtropical gardens.

Natural Medical Properties

Did you know?

The Jungle Flame is related (same family) to Coffee (Coffea arabica). It is the national flower of Suriname.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species