Ixora coccinea

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Location collected: Awak village
Collected by: Suprina Ladore

Synonym: Ixora incarnata

  1. Genus species: Ixora coccinea
  2. Family: Rubiaceae
  3. Chuukese name: Achiou
  4. English name: Burning Love, Jungle Flame or Jungle Geranium
  5. Kosrean name: Kalsruh
  6. Pohnpeian name: Ketieu
  7. Yapese name: Waish
  8. Growth form: Shrub
  9. Growth location: Terrestrial
  10. Growth environment: From forest to cultivated garden
  11. Growth zone: Topical
  12. Average height: About 172 cm tall
  13. Stem: Woody and smooth
  14. Leaf arrangement: Opposite arrangement
  15. Stipule: Not present
  16. Petioles: None
  17. Leaf blade: Ovate shape with pinnate venation, accuminate tip with entire margin, green color, smooth surface,
  18. Inflorescence: umbel with a pedicel that is
  19. Floral bracts: None
  20. Flower: Rotation and tubular shapes, actinomorphic symmetry
  21. Calyx: None
  22. Corolla: Four petals, rotate shape, smooth, no hair, reddish color
  23. Stamens:
  24. Ovary: Inferior
  25. Style:
  26. Fruit: None
  27. Seed: None
  28. Anything else: No strong odor, ants are the pollinators

Cultural usage


The stick is used in a cultural dance called dokia.


The plant lights up the darkest depths of the forest. Often used to mark grave sites due to long life. When a hunter sees a bird he is hunting above a kalsruh he is likely to think, "Doom, doom," and other thoughts of death. Tradition was that the hunter should not shoot a bird above a kalsruh or he will bring doom on himself and his family. Source: Tadao Waguk.

See also Ixora casei

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