Hoya australis subsp. australis

Wax Plant

Wiry twiner to several metres long, latex white. Leaf blade elliptic, narrow-ovate, oblong, orbicular or ovate, fleshy to succulent, flat, up to 15 cm long and 12 cm wide, green, silver flecking absent, softly hairy or hairless; margins entire, not recurved, same colour as rest of blade; venation penninerved, with 5 or 6 lateral veins; base cordate, obtuse, cuneate or rounded; tip acute, acuminate or apiculate. Umbel negatively geotropic, convex, of 10-25 flowers in tight ball. Corolla 16-17 mm wide, cream with red underneath; lobes lanceolate-ovate, 5-10 mm long, 3-7 mm wide, more or less flat, shortly papillose. Corona cream. [H. keysii F.M. Bailey, H. bandaensis auct. in part, non Schltr., H. rotundifolia hort.]

Australia, New Guinea, Melanesia

Second probably only to H. carnosa in terms of being commonly cultivated.

Often misidentified in cultivation. A variable species with 4 other subspecies that are occasionally cultivated.

Corolla 16-17 mm wide; corolla red under corona.

Source: Forster, P.; Liddle, D.; Liddle, I. (2002). Hoya. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Gentianales
family       Apocynaceae
genus        Hoya R.Br.
species         Hoya australis R.Br.