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Ixora pavetta
Andrews, Rubiaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  no

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  Evaluate, score: 1 (Go to the risk assessment)

Other Latin names:  Ixora arborea Roxb. ex Sm.; Ixora parviflora Vahl

Common name(s): [more details]

English: torch tree

Habit:  tree

Description:  "Branched small tree, bark dark colored, scabrous, younger branches glabrous. Leaves opposite, 7-15 x 3.5-6.5 cm, glabrous, obtuse or shortly acuminate; petiole c. 5 mm long. Inflorescence corymbiform terminal panicle. Flowers sessile, c. 64 mm long, fragrant, white or scarlet. Calyx minute, teeth very small, obtuse. Corolla-tube filiform, c. 6 mm long, glabrous, lobes 4, reflexed. Filaments c. 0.5 mm; anthers ± equaling the corolla-lobes. Style densely pubescent. exserted; stigma biforked. Fruit globose, 2-seeded, somewhat didymous, black when ripe"  (Flora of Pakistan online).

Habitat/ecology:  (no habitat/ecology info known by PIER)

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  India, Bangladesh, Ceylon and Pakistan  (Flora of Pakistan online).


Also reported from
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Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
United States (continental except west coast)
United States (other states)
USA (Florida) introduced
U.S. Dept. Agr., Nat. Res. Cons. Serv. (2013)

Control:  If you know of control methods for Ixora pavetta, please let us know.

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This page was created on 3 SEP 2012 and was last updated on 20 SEP 2012.