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Hoya obovata


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Robust vine with thick leathery leaves
Foliage Leaves obovate, thick leathery, to 8cm long by 7cm wide. Upper surface mid-dark green, often with dull greyish silver flecks or markings, under surface of leaves light green.
Flowers Flowers to 1cm across when fully opened. Corolla white, occasionally tinged with pale pink, densely hairy, reflexed when in full bloom. Corona dull pink, tinged rose red towards the centre. Flowers are fragrant and the scent is not unlike that of another Hoya species, Hoya lacunosa.
Etymology The specific epithet 'obovata' of this species refers to the shape of the leaves (obovate) 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, Skyrise / Balcony, Container Planting, Hanging Basket
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
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Easy to Grow
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Silver / Grey
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Leathery, Thick

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink, Red, White
Flower Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 31498
Species ID 5895
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.