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Ixora coccinea

May 5, 2012

Ixora coccinea is an ornamental, multi-branched, evergreen shrub found in the Western ghats of India which grows 4-5 ft tall and can reach the height of 12 ft. It is also known by the names Flame of the woods and Jungle flame. The plant has oblong glossy leaves and small bright orange to scarlet flowers that grow in dense rounded clusters 2-5 in in size.

It is commonly used as a small garden plant and in some farms it is grown mainly for honey production as this flower has a high nectar content for apiculture. The entire plant has medicinal properties. A decoction of roots is used as a sedative in the treatment of nausea, hiccups, loss of appetite and also to clarify the urine, whereas a flower decoction is used for hypertension, irregular menstruation and hemoptytis. A decoction of the leaves is used for wounds and skin ulcers.

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