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Ixora nigricans

Family Name: Rubiaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Fragrant Woody


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub (Woody)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Habitat Terrestrial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a large shrub to a small tree, growing up to 5 m tall. 
Trunk Smooth bark.
Foliage Leaves are simple, oppositely arranged along the stems; stipules is up to 0.9 cm long; leaf blade variable in shape from narrow elliptic to narrow obovate with acuminate apex and cuneate to attenuate base; margin entire.
Flowers Light pink to white flowers borne in clusters, called as cyme, located terminally. These flowers are fragrant during the night.
Fruits Berry type, 0.7 cm, globose-like shape, with two seeds.
Habitat Commonly found in evergreen to dry forests
Etymology The genus Ixora is the name of Malabar deity, Iswara. The specific epithet nigricans means almost black.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Fragrant (Flowers) (Night)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green
Young Flush Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Modification Stipule
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire
Foliar Apex - Tip Acuminate
Foliar Base Cuneate, Attenuate

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal
Inflorescence Type Cyme
Flowering Period Free-Flowering

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Master ID 33085
Species ID 7499
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.