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Hoya densifolia Turcz.

Family Name: Apocynaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Hanging Basket Fragrant Ornamental Flowers Climber, Vine and Liana Epiphyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority

Classifications and Characteristics

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


Native Distribution Java and Philippines
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Scrambling, shrub like Hoya with stems to 1m in length
Foliage Leaves ovate, light to mid green, to 6cm long by 4cm wide. Mid rib on upper surface sunken, light green.  
Flowers Flowers with a heavy, gardenia like scent. Corolla reflexed and incurved at full bloom, pale green to yellow. Corona very pale pink, flushed with red- dark red towards the center of the flower. 
Similar Some sources consider this species to be synonymous with Hoya cummingiana,, and a review by experts on  the identity of these two species is pending. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant (Flowers)
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, 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

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Green, Green - Light Green, Red, Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Waxy
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flowering Period After Rain
Flowering Opening Time Daytime
Flower Lifespan on Plant Several Days

Fruit, Seed & Spore

Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type 1 Dehiscent Dry Fruit

Image Repository



Master ID 31607
Species ID 6006
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 April 2020.