Ixora “Faja Lobi”

Ixora coccinea

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General Description / Cultural Significance

The Ixora (Ixora coccinea) is a native shrub that blooms year-round with clusters of vibrant, four-petaled fragrant flowers. As the national flower of Suriname, it holds significant commercial value due to its extensive array of phytochemicals found in all parts of the plant, including the flowers, stems, leaves, fruit, and roots. These components are utilized in traditional medicine and Ayurveda to treat various medical conditions such as skin diseases and diabetes. The roots, in particular, are known for their diuretic properties and are used as remedies for nausea, appetite stimulation, and bronchitis when steamed and inhaled or consumed as tea. This widespread use has led many people in Suriname to deeply appreciate and value the essence of the Ixora.

The plant itself features a cluster of sturdy branches, thin and limp oval leaves, and distinctive tubular flowers that come together in dense, round clusters. Typically, Ixora plants grow between 4 and 6 feet tall, though they can reach up to 12 feet with proper support.

In Suriname, the Ixora plant symbolizes wealth and success. It is often associated with love, passion, and spirituality, and is used in religious celebrations where it is offered to deities. The scarlet red color of its flowers is meant to signify unrelenting spiritual devotion. The scent of Ixora is frequently compared to gardenia, offering a floral, zesty, and sweet aroma. Its nectar, which can be eaten like honeysuckle, adds to its appeal. Beyond their practical applications, many families grow these shrubs around their homes and use them as houseplants, believing they foster love and life in intimate spaces while providing a delightful fragrance to any environment they inhabit.

Climate Change / Conservation Status

Suriname is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Imminent sea level rise, coastal erosion, and flooding, along with decreased rainfall, make it challenging to predict and maintain soil consistency and plant health. These changes threaten local water security and adversely affect agriculture, including the cultivation of plants such as the Ixora.

Alternate Names

Flame of the Woods
Jungle Flame
Jungle Geranium


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