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Useful Tropical Plants

Ixora javanica

(Blume) DC.

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Ixora amara Steud.

Ixora amoena Wall. ex G.Don

Ixora cyathosperma Wall.

Ixora mutabilis Reinw. ex Miq.

Ixora stricta amoena (Wall. ex G.Don) Ridl.

Ixora stricta blumeana Kurz

Ixora stricta javanica (Blume) Kuntze

Ixora stricta pubistyla S.Moore

Pavetta javanica Blume

Common Name:

Ixora javanica
Ixora javanica Ixora javanica

General Information

Ixora javanica is an evergreen shrub or tree growing up to 11 metres tall. The bole can be 26cm in diameter[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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653
Title
Plants of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://www.asianplant.net/
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Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
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The edible flowers are gathered from the wild for local use. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

E. Asia - northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

An understorey tree in undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forests at elevations up to 700 metres. Usually on hillsides and ridges, but also found on alluvial sites and along rivers and streams[
653
Title
Plants of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.asianplant.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height10.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a position with some shade. Usually found on clay rich soils in the wild, but also grows on sandy and ultramafic soils[
653
Title
Plants of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.asianplant.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
].

Edible Uses

Flowers - cooked and used as a vegetable[
653
Title
Plants of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.asianplant.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
].
The young flowers and the young fruits are both ingredients of a Thai mixed vegetable soup known as 'kaeng liang'[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

Extracts of the plant have shown promising anti-tumour activity[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

The leaves and flowers are used in a 'cure-all' infusion[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings of short-jointed, semi-ripe, non-flowering wood. Pot each cutting up singly and keep in a humid, shaded position at around 25°c until rooted[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Air layering

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