Hairy Wax Flower
Share Foto info
Hairy Wax Flower
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Hairy Wax Flower
Botanical name: Hoya villosa    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Hairy Wax Flower is a large climber growing ontrees, hairy throughout. Stems are stout, up to 3 m, about 8 mm in diameter. Leaf-stalks are 1.5-2 cm; leaf blade oblong, 7-11 x 3.5-5 cm, leathery or thick papery, base rounded or flat, tip with a short sharp point; lateral veins 4-7 pairs, obliquely rising up, anastomosing before margin. Flowers are borne in spherical, up to 30-flowered clusters in leaf axils, carried on flower-cluster-stalk, 3-7 cm. Flower-stalks are 1-2 cm. Sepals are rounded. Flowers star-shaped patent; tube about as long as lobes, hairless outside, velvet-hairy inside; petals triangular, about 4 x 4 mm. Corona lobes are thick, outer angle rounded, inner angle pointed or short tapering, with an ovoid projection on back, center hollow. Follicles are linear, 9-11 cm x about 4 mm. Hairy Wax Flower is found in Valleys, open woods, altitudes of 400-1000 m, in the Himalayas, China, Vietnam. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh.

• Is this flower misidentified? If yes,