Ixora coccinea L. 

Family: Rubiaceae


Family Synonyms

Common Names

Rangan, Ranjan (Bangla), Jungle-flame lxora (English), Santan (Indonesia), Rugmini (Hindi).

Local Availability

Cultivated in gardens throughout Bangladesh.

Worldwide Availability

The plant is established in the Philippines. Native of India

Botanical Description 27

Ixora coccinea is an erect and smooth ornamental shrub, growing to a height of 2 to 3 meters. Leaves are stalkless or on very short stalks, oblong, 5 to 9 centimeters long, heart-shaped or rounded at

Common Ethnobotanical Use 28

Roots are sedative and stomachic; used in hiccup, fever, gonorrhoea, diarrhoea and dysentery. The flowers are used in the treatment of dysentery, leucorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, haemoptysis and catarrhal bronchitis. The leaves are used in diarrhoea. EtOH(50%) extract of aerial parts is spermicidal and CNS depressant.

Chemical Constituents

Compound Name Compound in Plant Parts Reference
LupeolLeaf; Aerial; Flower1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
StigmasterolAerial6, 8
Hexadecanoic acidRoot4, 5, 8
beta-sitosterolLeaf; Aerial; Flower1, 3, 6, 5, 7, 8
7-Hydroxy-6-methoxychromen-2-oneAerial6, 8
Linoleic acidRoot5, 8
Octadecanoic acidRoot4, 5, 8
Linalool acetateFlower9
CycloartenolFlower7, 8
Oleanolic acidFlower5, 7, 8, 9
beta-AmyrinRoot; Aerial2, 6, 8
Lignoceric acidRoot4
LuteolinAerial6, 8
Oleic acidAerial5, 6, 8
(+)-CatechinAerial1, 6, 8
(-)-EpicatecholAerial5, 6, 8
D-MannitolLeaf; Root3, 10
RutinFlower5, 8
KaempferolAerial1, 6, 8
Kaempferol-7-glucosideRoot2, 8
QuercitrinRoot; Leaf2, 5, 8, 11
Bornyl acetateFlower9
CoumarinAerial6, 8
Di-n-octyl pthalateRoot2, 8
Ursolic AcidAerial; Flower1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14
alpha-AmyrinAerial6, 8
2,6-Dimethoxy PhenolRoot4
Geranyl acetateFlower9
Neryl acetateFlower9
Terpinyl acetateFlower9
Ethyl (E)-cinnamateFlower9
Ixoratannin A-2Leaf1, 5, 12
9,12-Octadecadienoic acidRoot2, 8
KaempferitrinRoot; Aerial2, 6, 8
9-Octadecenoic acidRoot4
Tricosanoic acidRoot4
Octadecadienoic acidRoot5
Procyanidin A2Leaf5, 8
Cinnamtannin B1Leaf5, 8
Kaempferol-7-O-alpha-L-rhamnnosideAerial5, 6, 8
Betunolic acidAerial6, 8
Oleanonic acidAerial6, 8
6beta-Hydroxystigmast-4-en-3-oneAerial6, 8
alpha-Tocopheryl quinoneAerial6
CamptothecinLeaf13, 8
Biochanin AFlower8
delta9,11-Octadecadinoic acidRoot10
3-Acetyl ursolic acidAerial6, 8
IxoreneLeaf3, 8
Kaempferol-3,7-O-alpha-L-dirhamnosideLeaf5, 12

Pharmacological Evidence

Plants Parts Extract Type Activity Reference
Petroleum Ether; Ethyl Acetate; Methanol Cervical Cancer 15
Methanol; Aqueous Antibacterial 20
Methanol; Ethyl Acetate Analgesic 24
Crude Antifungal 16
Methanol Antibacterial 17
Methanol Antibacterial 18
Hydroalcohol Antiasthmatic 19
Organic Antiulcerant 21
Methanol Cardioprotective 23
Ethanol Analgesic 25
Chloroform CNS Depressant 26
Chloroform Anthelmintic 22


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