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Hoya lacunosa


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Climber, Epiphyte


Native Distribution Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Borneo,Sumatra
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Fast growing, robust and compact vine.
Foliage Leaves fleshy. Two types of leaf forms are recognized for this species - a form with oblanceolate leaves and another with obovate leaves.
Flowers Flowers intensely fragrant; corolla cream to white, pubescent with long thick hairs; corona white.
Habitat In lowland and hill forests, often on trees along rivers.
Cultivation Other horticultural forms with white spots on the leaves have also been introduced into cultivation in recent years.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Fragrant (Flowers)
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Suitable for Hanging Baskets
Thematic Landscaping Fragrant / Aromatherapy Garden
Usage Hazard - Cons Toxic Upon Ingestion, Pungent Scent - Flowers
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. Some individuals may also find the scent of the flowers rather overpowering.

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Plant Growth Rate Fast
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Easy to Grow
Maintenance Requirements Moderate
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green
Young Flush Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny

Floral (Angiosperm)

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

Image Repository



Master ID 31031
Species ID 5418
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Species record last updated on: 03 August 2022.