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Burning Love

Ixora coccinea

Description:

dense foliage. Opposite, entire leaves to 16 cm long, sessile and clasping the stem. Flowers tightly packed in rounded heads, orange-red.

Habitat:

Origin is India, but found in cultivation throughout Central and South America, West Indies, and Madagascar. In Costa Rica, you will find this plant in sunny gardens, parks, hotels, at low to mid levels probably because this plant flowers continually.

Notes:

This is a popular hedge plant. In its native habitat, the narrow-tubed flowers are probably pollinated by butterflies. The blossoms hold up well in flower arrangements. This plant is used medicinally in other parts of the world for fever, headache, bronchitis, and dysentery.

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3 Comments

MatthewKritzer
MatthewKritzer 10 years ago

Growing several colors around the casa...invite you to join the 'Path of the Tapir' mission...

LastPilot
LastPilot 10 years ago

Philippines has this flower too! When I was a kid, I used to sip the "nectar" of that flower. It comes in different colors too like yellow and pink.

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 10 years ago

Quite the find!!

Cartago, Costa Rica

Spotted on Oct 16, 2011
Submitted on Oct 17, 2011

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