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Hoya sigillatis


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority

Classifications and Characteristics

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


Native Distribution Sabah
Native Habitat Terrestrial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A small, epiphytic climber with branching stems, up to 2 m long.
Foliage The leaf blade is elliptic to oblong, measuring up to 6 x 1.5 cm, thick and fleshy with acute apex, and no visible venation. The leaf surface is dull green with silvery to white markings.
Flowers The inflorescence is flat, around 5 cm in diameter, each cluster consists of up to 20 flowers. Flower is 7 - 10 mm in diameter, apricot to pinkish cream.
Habitat Found in lowland to hill mixed dipterocarp forest and heath forests.
Cultivation Locally, this species is grown primarily for its attractive leaves as they do not appear to be as floriferous as the other commonly cultivated Hoya species such as H obscura  and H lacunosa
Etymology The genus Hoya means wax-flower. The specific epithet sigillatis is derived from the Latin sigillate, meaning, with the surface marked with seal-like impressions, in reference to the leaves.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Container Planting, Hanging Basket
Usage Hazard - Cons Toxic Upon Ingestion
Usage Hazard - Cons Remarks Avoid contact with milky/ white 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)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Patterned
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Thick
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Elliptical, Oblong)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink
Flower Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Symmetry Radial
Individual Flower Shape Stellate / Star-shaped
Inflorescence Type Umbel
Flower Colour(s) Remarks Flowers buff pink/ gold.

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type 1 Dehiscent Dry Fruit

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Master ID 30869
Species ID 5244
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.