Ixora pavetta Andrews

Sweet Ixora


Family: Rubiaceae

Genus: Ixora

Description: 

From Bot. Repos. It is a tender hot-house plant, growing to the height of a foot, or more, and very bushy; the bunches of flowers are very large, covering nearly the whole upper part of the plant, and are exceedingly fragrant. The blossoms begin to expand about the beginning of August, and continue to blow in succession, till the end of October.

From Cycl. India ed. 2 3: 115] under Ixora parviflora Vahl: A small tree common in the jungles and on the ghats of the Bombay coast but seldom efficiently long or straight for household purposes. It grows in the Godavery forests in the Circara at Nagpore and in Bengal and on the banks of tanks at Kotah. The flowers are very sweetly scented and it blossoms in the hot weather; and would form a very fit ornament for gardens and pleasure grounds. It furnishes a hard but very small wood rather of good quality which is sometimes used for beams and posts in the houses of the poor of the Madras presidency; but, throughout India, it is more used for torches than for any other purpose, as it burns very readily and clearly and on that account its branches are often made into torches by people travelling at night. - Voigt. Gibson, Ainslie, pp. 179, 203. Irvine, M.E.J.R. Captain Beddome. Flor. Andh.

History: 

Published in Bot. Repos. 2: 78 in 1799. To the Lady Dowager de Clifford are we indebted, for the introduction of this new species of Ixora, a native of the East Indies; her Ladyship having received it from thence, in the year 1786.

Synonym Ixora parviflora Vahl.

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