is a genus
of flowering plants
in the Rubiaceae family
. It consists of tropical evergreen trees and shrubs and holds around 500 species.
Though native to the tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world, its centre of diversity is in Tropical Asia
also grows commonly in subtropical climates in the United States, such as Florida
. It is commonly known as West Indian Jasmine
. Other common names include: rangan
, chann tanea
, Jungle flame
, Jungle geranium
, and many more. The plants possess leathery leaves, ranging from 3 to 6 inches in length, and produce large clusters of tinyflowers
in the summer. Members of Ixora prefer acidic soil, and are suitable choices for bonsai
. It is also a popular choice for hedges in parts of South East Asia, like in Thailand. In tropical climates they flower year round.
Red ixora flowers are commonly used in Hindu
worship, as well as in Indian folk medicine