Ixora brachiata Roxb

Ixora brachiata Roxb.  (RUBIACEAE)
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Common name
Tulu: Koraji.

Description: Small trees, 10-12 m tall with smooth grey bark. Leaves elliptic, oblong or lanceolate, 8-15 x 3-7 cm, attenuated or narrowed at base, obtuse at apex, pale when dry, glabrous; petiole, ca 2 cm long. Flowers in 9-10 cm long terminal trichotomously branched corymbose cymes, white, scented. Calyx short, reduced to 4 minute lobes. Corolla lobes 4, white. Stamens 4, inserted at the mouth of corolla tube; filaments short. Ovary 2-locular, style clothed with long white hairs; stigma fusiform. Fruit a globose berry, ca 1 cm across, smooth, purplish black. Seeds 2, hemispherical, 4-5 mm long.

Flowering & Fruiting: November - March.

Distribution: India: In the evergreen and semi-evergreen forests of Western Ghats to Travancore at low elevations. Endemic.

Uses: Fruits edible. The wood is hard and used as tool handles.