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Ceylon Ironwood, Indian Rose Chestnut, Penaga Lili
Scientific Name: Mesua ferrea L.
Synonym: Mesua speciosa, Mesua nagassarium, Mesua coromandeliana, Mesua pedunculata
Family: Clusiaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-12

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Sri Lanka, India, Indo-China, Malaysia Peninsula

Growth Habits: Large evergreen tree, often buttressed at the base; trunk up to 3 feet in diameter(90 cm); simple, narrow, oblong, dark green, leaves with whitish underside; young leaves are yellowish pink, limp.

Watering Needs: Moderate water

Propagation: Seeds or cuttings

The wood of Mesua ferrea is very heavy, it is used for railroad ties and building needs.
Its resin is slightly poisonous, but many parts have medicinal properties.

Blooming Habits:
Fragrant, large, 4-petaled, white flowers, 3 inches across (7.5 cm)

Fruiting Habits:
Subglobose dark brown fruit, up to 2 inches long (5 cm), containing compressed seeds.

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