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Plant Species of the genus Alyxia

Information about this genus
Name: Alyxia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Hardiness and adaptability varies greatly with the origin of the species. Those from the tropics generally prefer warm, moist conditions and fairly rich soil, while A. buxifolia is a very tough shrub that can tolerate most conditions, with the exception of extreme cold. Most species can be propagated by seed or half-hardened cuttings.
Description: This is a genus of some 70 species of mainly coastal evergreen shrubs, notable for their 5-petalled white flowers which are often scented, and the colorful but poisonous fruits that follow. The leaves are usually small and often have a glossy waxy coating that is typical of salt-tolerant seaside plants. The genus is perhaps centered on Australia, though representatives are found through much of the warm-temperate and tropical Asian-Pacific region. The Hawaiian species, Alyxia olivaeformis, is used for producing leis and has a strong fragrance reminiscent of frangipani (Plumeria), to which it is related.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Alyxia buxifolia 9-11
Alyxia ruscifolia 10-11
Alyxia spicata 11-12

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