Today’s Belize Photo of the Day is the Ixora Coccinea or Ixora Nora Grant flowering shrub. This popular hybrid is native to all tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world and its specimen dominates over 500 of its close relatives.
Above is a photo of the Pink Ixora Coccinea, a plant that varies by an assortment of colors and can be found in Belize.
This dense, cold-tendered shrub grows extensively in frost-free tropical zones and under partial sunlight with rich, well-drained and acidic soil. When this condition is set, the Ixora Coccinea liberates its stunning star-shaped clusters of bright clear pink florets. Being a cold sensitive plant, it quickly goes into a dormant and resting state during winter or when temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Internationally, the evergreen plant is grown as a landscaping plant near fences and borders and many times it is used in place of hedges. Not only does its foliage of fine pink flowers add to a great tropical look, but it also attracts various exotic birds and insects which creates a perfect and pristine scenery.
Photo taken by Naturalist Guide: Meshack Eliah