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Hoya pubicalyx Merr.

Family Name: Apocynaceae
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Hanging Basket Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Flowers Epiphyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Philippines
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Compact vine with leathery leaves
Foliage Leaves ovate, leathery, to 8cm long by 3.5cm wide, mid to dark green, often with dull greyish-silver markings or flecks on the upper surface of the leaves.
Flowers Flowers to 1cm (1.2cm) wide. Corolla dark rose pink, densely pubescent. Corona pale pink, tinged with dark red towards the centre. 
Similar Similar to a number of cultivars of Hoya pubicalyx that have been brought into cultivation, e.g. 'Royal Hawaiian Purple', 'Pink Silver', differing in the color of the corolla and corona.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, Skyrise / Balcony, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, 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)

Plant Care and Propagation

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

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Master ID 30922
Species ID 5303
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.