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Hoya lasiantha


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak, Sabah
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form An epiphytic shrub with branches up to 80 cm long.
Foliage Petioles are long, about 2 - 4 cm long. Leaf blade is elliptic shaped, measuring 12 - 21 x 5 - 10 cm, thin with pinnate venation and acuminate apex.
Flowers Flowers are borne in clusters (umbels) of 4 - 6 cm in diameter, with 10 - 15 flowers in one cluster. Flowers are unscented, 1 - 1.5 cm in diameter and have corolla lobes which are reflexed, yellow to orange in colour, and hairy at the base while glabrous (smooth) at the apex.  
Fruit Bluish-green fruits, linear in shape, measuring 18 - 22 cm long.
Habitat Epiphytic on trees in lowland & hill forests.
Etymology The specific epithet lasiantha is from Greek lasio means hairy or wooly, and anthos meaning flower.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Container Planting, Hanging Basket
Usage Hazard - Cons Toxic Upon Ingestion
Usage Hazard - Cons Remarks Avoid contact with sap as it may cause skin irritation in certain individuals. Keep plants away from children and pets as sap could be toxic.

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Thin
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green
Young Flush Texture(s) Thin
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire - Wavy / Undulate
Foliar Apex - Tip Acuminate

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Orange, Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Waxy, Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Symmetry Radial
Individual Flower Shape Stellate / Star-shaped
Inflorescence Type Umbel
Flowering Period After Rain
Flower Lifespan on Plant Several Days

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type Dehiscent Dry Fruit

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Master ID 30867
Species ID 5237
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: 20 August 2021.