Common relatives include galium, sweet-woodruff, coffee and gardenia.
Flowers are tubular opening to 4-5 spreading lobes, in tight clusters at stem ends.
Stems are often woody, leaves leathery.
Ixora, a Malabar deity to whom the flowers were offered.
There are many forms of Ixora under various Latin names, thus complicating an understanding of this species.
Besides ornamentals, this family includes a number of important species noted for coffee, quinine, dyes and medicines.
Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort.
The reported dwarf species I. taiwanensis could not be confirmed in taxonomic journals.
Recent Research Findings:
Meir et al. (1994) reports that a synthetic auxin, NAA, greatly reduced or even prevented leaf abscission when plants were sprayed prior to exposure to chill inducing temperatures. In a later report (Michaeli et al., 1999), MCP was also shown to inhibit leaf abscission caused by chilling.