Ixora notoniana Wall. ex G. Don - RUBIACEAE

Synonym : Ixora saulierei Gamble

Vernacular names : Tamil: KalilambiliMalayalam: Iramburippi

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literature

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Large shrubs or small trees up to 5 m tall.
Trunk\bark : Bark brown, rough.
Branchlets : Branchlets corky, with short internodes, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; stipule broadly ovate and subulate, interpetiolar, caducous and leaving scar; petiole 0.5-1.3 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 7.5-15 (-20) x 2.5- 7.5 cm, narrow elliptic to oblanceolate, apex acute to acuminate, base acute to cuneate, margin slightly revolute, coriaceous, glabrous; midrib raised above; secondary_nerves 12-16 pairs; tertiary_nerves reticulo-percurrent.
Flowers : Inflorescence terminal corymbose cymes; flowers subsessile, rosy tinge.
Fruit& seed : Berry, globose, ca. 0.9 cm across; seed two.

Ecology :

Along margin in medium and high elevation evergreen forest between 800 and 2400 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- South Sahyadri and Palakkad hills, Nilgiris and Bababudangiri hills in Central Sahyadri.

Literature :

Gen. Hist. 3: 571. 1834; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 630. 1993 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 219. 2004.

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