Ixora finlaysoniana Wall. ex G. Don

Etymology Genus After the name of a Malabar deity, Iswara
Species After George Finlayson, a Scottish naturalist
Family Rubiaceae
Synonyms Ixora findlayana B.S.Williams
Common Names Fragrant Ixora, White Siamese Ixora
Status Exotic: Casual
Form Shrub
Native Distribution India to Indochina


Ixora finlaysoniana is an exotic shrub that have escaped cultivation in a few localities. The leaves are oppositely arranged, elliptic in shape, and often have reddish petioles. The inflorescences are white and fragrant.

Interesting Facts:

This ornamental plant can grow in full or partial sun (Ng, 2010). They appeared to be less popularly cultivated than other Ixora species.

A wild growing Fragrant Ixora.

Stipule is pointed and slightly winged. Note the reddish leaf stalk.

The upper surface of the leaf.

Underside of leaf.

Ball of white inflorescence, with close-up of flower.

A skipper feeding on the flower.


Ng FSP. (2010) Tropical Horticulture & Gardening. MPH Group Publishing, Malaysia. 361 pp.
Teo S, KY Chong, YF Chung, BR Kurukulasuriya & HTW Tan. (2011) Casual establishment of some cultivated urban plants in Singapore. Nature in Singapore, 4: 127-133.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-04-25 / Modified: 2017-12-25