Its leaves are opposite. The leaf blades are broad and drop-shaped. Its terminal buds and young leaves are coated with a varnish-like substance. The flowers are tubular and have four white lobes that are tinged in pink. They are arranged in dense clusters.
Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, derives its name from the nila because the shores of Manila Bay were once teeming with this shrub. The place was called "Maynila", which is Tagalog for "There is nila". The shrub's name in turn was probably derived from the Sanskrit word "nila" (नील), which means "indigo tree."
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