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Hoya spartioides (Benth.) Kloppenb.

Family Name: Apocynaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Hanging Basket Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Epiphyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Plant Shape Weeping / Pendulous, Leggy


Native Distribution Borneo (Western Sarawak, Sabah, Kalimantan)
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Leafless, shrub like Hoya species with weeping form.
Foliage Leaves tiny, caducous; modified penduncles (stalk of the infloresence) to 30cm long, persistent, cylindrical, photosynthetically active.
Flowers Flowers small, corolla orange yellow, corona white or cream with yellow center.
Others - Plant Morphology This is one of the few Hoya species that exhibits unique adaptations to cope with growing in nutrient poor environments . The seeds are ant dispersed, and ants carry these back to their nests where they will eventually germinate, tapping on a ready supply of nutrients from waste material that the ants accumulate (ant carton).
Habitat Ant carton epiphyte in Kerangas (forests on nutrient poor sites); often rooted in hollows in trees or growing in association with other ant plants such as Dischidia spp.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Form
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Hanging Basket
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)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Ant, Beetle))

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting, [Remarks] (Allow media to dry out inbetween waterings)
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Maintenance Requirements Low
Fertilizing Dilute liquid fertilizer to be applied to growing media fortnightly or monthly
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Stem Cutting

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Yellow / Golden, Orange
Flower Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flowering Period After Rain
Flowering Opening Time Night (dusk to dawn)
Flower Lifespan on Plant 1 Night

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Master ID 31011
Species ID 5398
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.