RED STARS

Bouquets of Red Star shaped blooms adorn the Bushes of these Jungle Geraniums or Jungle flame ( English) , Rukmini ( Hindi) , Ixora coccinea ( Scientific name) at the Corinthian Resort & Club , Pune, Maharashtra, India,

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Starry Bush

Native to Southern India and Sri Lanka these lovely star shaped blossoms belong to the Coffee family Rubiaceae.  Cinchona from which the anti malarial life saving drug quinine is derived is from a plant belonging to this splendid  Family of Red Stars.

The Rukmini Flowers are named after a Goddess from the Hindu Pantheon of Gods and I read somewhere connected to enhanced sexuality.

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Bunch of Red Stars

All parts of this plant ( flowers, roots and leaves) which bears these lovely Red Crosses on tubular stalks have multiple Medical Uses.

The plant itself purifies water by removing harmful heavy metals like Lead and Mercury.

These Gorgeous Red Stars contain Leucocyanidin glycoside and  are known for antimicrobial properties thus being  prescribed in natural medicine as a remedy for dysentry.

The leaves contain lupeol which has well known anti inflammatory properties.

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Red Cross or a Red Star ?

The Red Star is not only a treat  for sore eyes but has numerous Medicinal benefits as well, some of which I have mentioned above.

A  Wonderful treat indeed to see them stretch every fibre within to touch the Skies above. ( see the featured image please)

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

38 thoughts on “RED STARS”

  1. Do they come in orange colour as well? I have some similar looking orange flowers back home but I am not sure whether they are Rukmini flowers

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