Hoya carnosa (L.f.) R.Br.

Wax Plant

Wiry twiner to several metres long, latex clear. Leaf blade elliptic, fleshy, flattish, up to 10 cm long and 4 cm wide, dark green, silver flecking present, hairless; margins entire, not recurved, same colour as rest of blade; venation penninerved, with 8 or 9 lateral veins; base cuneate; tip acute to acuminate. Umbel negatively geotropic, convex, of 15-50 flowers in tight ball. Corolla 15-18 mm wide, silvery white; lobes ovate, 7-8 mm long, 5-6 mm wide, flattish to slightly reflexed, shortly papillose. Corona silvery white to red. [H. 'Snowball', H. 'Thailand White']


Often misidentified in cultivation.

Clear latex. Leaves with silver flecking.

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. (as Hoya motoskei)

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Hoya carnosa 'Picta'

Leaves green with irregular cream and yellow-pink central variegation, corolla pink, corona pink-red.

Hoya carnosa 'Rubra'

Leaves green, corolla mauve-pink, corona pink-red. ['Little One']

Hoya carnosa 'Tricolor'

Leaves green, with yellow and pink variegation throughout, corolla pink, corona pink-red. ['Crimson Queen', 'Crimson Princess']

Hoya carnosa 'Variegata'

Leaves green, with edge of pink to white, corolla pink, corona pink-red.

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