Singapore Government Logo

A Singapore Government Agency Website


Hoya scortechinii

Family Name: Apocynaceae
Semi Shade Little Water Native to Singapore Indoor Plant Fragrant Plant Ornamental Flowers Climber, Vine and Liana Epiphyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Epiphyte, Climber, Vine & Liana
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Malaya
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A terrestrial or epiphyte with thin and branching stems, climbing or scrambling up to 3 m long.
Foliage Leaves have round petioles, measuring about 1.5 cm long. Leaf blade is ovate-lanceolate, thick and stiff with faint pinnate venation.
Flowers Flowers are borne in clusters of 3 - 5 cm in diameter, each cluster consisting of 5 - 20 flowers. Flowers are unscented, 7 - 8 mm in diameter and is white to pale yellow with pink apices.
Habitat Found in lowland to hilly forests, and swamps.
Etymology The genus Hoya means wax flower. The specific epithet scortechinii is named after Benedetto Scortechini, who collected the type specimen in Perak, Malaysia.

Landscaping Features

Landscaping Flowers are faintly scented.
Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant (Flowers)
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Little Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate to Slow
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Thick
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) White, Red, Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Waxy
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Symmetry Radial
Individual Flower Shape Stellate / Star-shaped
Inflorescence Type Umbel

Image Repository



Master ID 121
Species ID 1417
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 03 August 2022.