Ixora chinensis Lam. var. incarnata

See Ixora chinensis Lam. for details and Ixora coccinea L. for further discussion.  ‘It is a low bushy plant, with large bunches of flowers, which usually appear towards the end of summer.’  [LBC no.1048/1825]. Purple flowers. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain under the name Ixora incarnata in 1822 [JD].  ‘A native of the East Indies, according to Sir J. Smith, in Rees’s Cyclopedia; but in the Flora Indica, it is said to have been introduced into the Calcutta garden from China.’  [LBC no.1048/1825].

History at Camden Park

Requested from Loddiges’ nursery on 13th February 1848 but there is no record of its being received.  [MP A2933-1, p.172].  In requesting this plant Macarthur probably had in mind Ixora incarnata of Roxburgh, a plant described in Rees’s Cyclopaedia, all 22 volumes of which were in his possession.


See also Ixora coccinea L. for discussion of synonomy.

Published Feb 08, 2010 - 03:21 PM | Last updated Feb 08, 2010 - 03:33 PM

Figured are oblong-lanceolate leaves and terminal corymb of crimson flowers.  Loddiges Botanical Cabinet no.1048, 1825.

Ixora chinensis Lam. | LBC no.1048/1825 as Ixora incarnata | RBGS

More details about Ixora chinensis Lam. var. incarnata
Family Rubiaceae
Region of origin


  • Ixora incarnata Roxb. ex Sm.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Ixora incarnata 

Confidence level high