Ixora pendula Jack

Etymology Genus After the name of a Malabar deity, Iswara
Species Pendent or Hanging; referring to the flowers
Family Rubiaceae
Synonyms Ixora candida Ridl., Ixora parkinsoniana Craib
Common Names Pink Needles
Status Native: Endangered
Form Shrub
Native Distribution Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Singapore, Borneo


Ixora pendula is a shrub that can be found in our Central Catchment and Bukit Timah Nature Reserves. It can be easily recognised from the white and pink flowers which hang downwards. Otherwise, identification is difficult.

Interesting Facts:

The variety of the Pink Needles found in Singapore is Ixora pendula var. pendula.

The Pink Needles in a primary rainforest of the Central Catchment.

Leaf underside.

Leaf upperside.


Diagnostic pendulous inflorescence.



Author: Jake
Posted: 2014-04-06 / Modified: 2017-12-25