Ixora beckleri—Native Ixora—RUBIACEAE.

Ixora beckleri

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Habitat—Grows in subtropical, littoral and dry rainforest.

Distribution—North from Forster, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Tall shrub or small tree c. 6 m high.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Cape Hawke, Stephen Street Reserve and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, without distinct oil dots, triangular stipules present, domatia absent; lamina oblong—lanceolate to narrow—elliptic, mostly 6 to 13 cm long, 3 to 6 cm wide, apex mostly abruptly acuminate, base cuneate, lamina glabrous, upper surface glossy; petiole to 12 mm long; stipules with subulate points, up to 5 mm long.

Ixora beckleri
Ixora beckleri

Inflorescence—Sessile, shorter than leaves. Calyx c. 2 mm long, 4—toothed. Corolla whitish, tube 3 to 5 mm long, lobes 4, 2 to 3 mm long.

Flowering.—Late spring to summer.

Fruit—Obovoid, c. 8 mm wide, black, crowned by persistent calyx teeth.

Ripe.—October to November.

Ixora beckleri