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Ixora cephalophora Merr.


Description from Flora of China

Shrubs, 1-2 m tall; branches glabrous. Leaves opposite; petiole 1-2 cm, glabrous; blade drying olive-green adaxially, paler abaxially, elliptic-oblong, oblanceolate, or oblong-lanceolate, 10-25(-30) × 4-6(-8) cm, base cuneate, apex obtuse to broadly acuminate; secondary veins 9 or 10 pairs; stipule broadly ligulate to ovate, 3-5 mm, obtuse to rounded with arista ca. 3 mm. Inflorescences subsessile, congested-cymose to congested-corymbiform, ca. 17 × 9 cm; secondary axes 1-1.2 cm; bracts oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate, 2.5-5 mm, acuminate; pedicels 1-2 mm. Flowers sessile or pedicellate. Calyx with hypanthium subglobose, 1.5-2 mm; limb lobed deeply; lobes oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate, 4-5 × 1.5-2 mm, obtuse to acute. Corolla white; tube 20-25 mm, glabrous at throat; lobes elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 5-6 × 2.5-4 mm, obtuse to rounded. Drupe reddish yellow to red, subellipsoid and weakly compressed, ca. 11 × 9 mm. Fl. May, fr. Sep.

Thickets or shady broad-leaved forests at low elevations, or sometimes on open sandy lands. Guangxi, Hainan, Yunnan [Indochina, Philippines].


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