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Hoya rotundiflora Rodda & Simonsson

Family Name: Apocynaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Hanging Basket Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Climber, Vine and Liana


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Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Myanmar
Native Habitat Terrestrial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Compact wiry climber 
Foliage Leaves dark green, oblong, to 4cm long by 2cm wide. Leaves and stems with a layer of rusty/ dull reddish brown hairs. 
Flowers Corolla lobes white, reflexed at maturity; corona white -cream, flushed with rose pink towards the center.
Similar Similar in growth habit to Hoya lyii and Hoya thomsonii, but can be distinguished based on flowers and shape of the leaves.
Cultivation This species was originally sold as "Hoya sp. 'Square' -Thailand" in reference to the leaf shape (albeit incorrect), and the country where it was first discovered as a cultivated plant on sale in a local market. It was subsequently discovered in the wild in Myanmar.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, 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 Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Green - Light Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute, Thick
Young Flush Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White, Pink, White
Flower Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flowering Period After Rain
Flower Lifespan on Plant Several Days

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Master ID 30995
Species ID 5382
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.