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Hoya caudata Hook.f.

Family Name: Apocynaceae
Full Sun Semi Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Native to Singapore Suitable for Hanging Baskets Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Leaves Climber, Vine and Liana


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana


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

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Climber with thin, wiry stems
Foliage Leaves ovate, 4-15cm long by 2.5-7cm wide; mature leaves thick leathery and stiff, rough to the touch.  Upper leaf surface characteristically mottled, base color dull-mid green or olive green, often tinged with brown, and with dull grey - very dull pale green blotches. Young leaves dull reddish brown with dull grey markings. Plants exposed to very bright light or full sun may have leaves that are completely red in color. 
Flowers Flowers to 1.3cm across; petals white - pink, pubescent, with a fringe of long hairs along the edges. Corona lobes pinkish red, deep rose red towards the centre; anthers with long, thin and 'tail like' appendages to 0.4-0.5cm long that are raised above the corona.  
Habitat In lowland forests and limestone hills
Etymology The species epithet refers to the 'tail like' (caudate) appendages of the anther  

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, Skyrise / Balcony, 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) Brown, Green, Green - Light Green, Patterned
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Leathery
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Brown, Green - Light Green, Red, Patterned

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink, Red, White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 32011
Species ID 6413
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Species record last updated on: 13 September 2021.