Ixora elongata Heyne ex G. Don. - RUBIACEAE


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Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Small trees up to 5 m tall.
Trunk\bark : Bark smooth.
Branchlets : Branchlets terete, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; stipules interpetiolar, caducous and leaving scar; petiole 1-1.2 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 7-26.5 x 3-10.2 cm, broadly elliptic to elliptic-oblanceolate, apex acute, base attenuate to decurrent, margin entire, chartaceous, glabrous; midrib slightly canaliculate above; secondary_nerves 12-15 pairs; tertiary_nerves slender reticulo-percurrent.
Flowers : Inflorescence terminal corymbs, congested; peduncle elongated, up to 15 cm long, pubescent; flowers sessile, white.
Fruit& seed : Berry, nearly globose; seeds 2.

Ecology :

Undergrowth in evergreen to dry evergreen and semi-evergreen forests between 300 and 900 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- South, Central and south Maharashtra Sahyadris.

Literature :

Gen. Hist. 3: 572. 1834; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 630. 1993 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 218. 2004; Cook, Fl. Bombay 1: 610.1903; Almeida, Fl. Maharashtra 3:23. 2001.

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