Thursday, July 19, 2012

Santan

@ mirandablue
Santan, Ixora coccinea, Jungle Flame
Locally known as Santan, Ixora coccinea is an erect, smooth ornamental shrub, growing to the height of 2 to 3 meters.  Flowers come in yellow, pink, red, orange and white.  A native of India, it is cultivated here for ornamental purposes.  Roots, flowers, stems and flowers are also used in folkloric medicine---roots used as a sedative in the treatment of nausea, hiccups and loss of appetite.  It has antiseptic properties and flowers are considered as antimicrobial and used for dysentery and leucorrhea.  Poulticed fresh leaves and stems are applied to sprains, eczema and contusions.  Diluted tincture of roots for mouthwash and gargles for sore throat.  Flower decoction is used to treat hypertension, amenorrhea and irregular menstruation. 


 Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that. ~ Ally Condie






10 comments:

zongrik said...

this could also go with O for Orange colored flowers ;)

A wondering star said...

What a gorgeous flower - colorful and dreamy!
Thank you for good information on the plant!
Have a wonderful weekend :)

joanne said...

such a incredibly lovely color....

mary said...

Santan I can't forget this flower we used to pick each tiny flower and taste the nectar. I think the bees hate us that time, lol! Thanks for the visit!

Mary, MI

Halcyon said...

A lovely blooming bush! I like that shade of red. :)

mywordwall said...

This is the one that grows into a tree. We call this Santa Ana. This has a sweet nectar - use the tiny needle like thing at the center of the flower as dipper. :-)

JM said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Linda said...

So beautiful! Thanks for the information on the flower also - very interesting!

Míriam Luiza said...

Que lindas ixórias! Tenho delas vermelhas e amarelas. Lindas assim!

Meeha Meeha said...

Wow, Miranda, what is this? Too beautiful for words.... Thank you for visiting my pics of the heavenly retreat!