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  Ixora 'Siam Ribbon'
  Family Name : Rubiaceae

  Synonyms : Ixora 'Hindu Rope'

  Common Names : Coralillo

 
Coralillo
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Woody)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Plant Shape :
      Compact
      Maximum Height :
      0.3 m to 0.9 m
  • Biogeography
    • Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Woody shrub, dwarf selection with compact form, up to 0.9m when grown in ground.
      Foliage: Leaves bright waxy green, heart-shaped, twisted-looking, closely-clustered and overlapping due to much shortened internodes.
      Flowers: Red, 4 petals, clustered into corymbiform inflorescences, scentless but source of nectar for insects. Freely produced throughout the year.
      Cultivation :
      Hybrid relatively slower-growing than other types of Ixora. Prefers acidic soils (pH 5.1 - 6.0) supplemented with iron. Propagate by softwood and semi-hardwood stem cuttings -- use rooting powder to hasten rooting.
      Etymology :
      Genus epithet 'Ixora' named after Malabar-Indian deity Iswara, who is assocated with the sacred Ixora coccinea (Jungle Flame) and worshipped with its flowers. Various cultivar epithets and common names allude to the plant's unusual foliar structure, which resembles knotted ropes used in Indian rope tricks performed by magicians.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Acidic (low pH) Soils, [Remarks] (pH 5.1 - 6.0)
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting, Bonsai
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Naturalistic Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Slow
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Moderate
      Propagation Method :
      Stem Cutting, [Remarks] (Softwood & semi-hardwood cuttings)
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Glossy / Shiny
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Opposite
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Deltoid)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire, Entire - Wavy / Undulate
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Acute
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Notophyll ( 20.25cm2 - 45 cm2 )
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Woody
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Red
      Inflorescence Type :
      Corymb
      Ovary Position :
      Inferior / Epipgynous
      Flowering Period :
      Free-Flowering
      Flower Lifespan On Plant :
      Several Days
      Flowering Habit :
      Polycarpic

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