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

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Hoya carnosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Duncan Road, Suburbs, Bulawayo

Hoya carnosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Duncan Road, Suburbs, Bulawayo

Hoya carnosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Duncan Road, Suburbs, Bulawayo

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Common names: Wax plant (English)
Status: Introduced. Doubtful as a naturalised escape.
Perennial climber, widely cultivated in green houses and tropical gardens. Stems 2-3 m long, milky sap present. Leaves opposite, rather thick and fleshy, dark green above, much paler below. Flowers in dense umbel-like axillary heads. Corolla flat, white to pink, thick and wax-like, covered in short furry papillae; corona smooth and wax-like, star-shaped, white with a red centre.
Notes: It has been recorded from the Central Division of Zimbabwe but it is doubtful whether this concerns a truly naturalized specimen.
Derivation of specific name: carnosa: fleshy, soft but firm
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Worldwide distribution: Southern China to Japan and Taiwan.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Images last updated: Tuesday 14 July 2009

Bailey, L.H. (1949). Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York. Page 816.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 21.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Hoya carnosa

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hoya carnosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hoya carnosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hoya carnosa
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iNaturalist: Hoya carnosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hoya carnosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Hoya carnosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hoya carnosa
Plants of the World Online: Hoya carnosa
Tropicos: Hoya carnosa
Wikipedia: Hoya carnosa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hoya carnosa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147040, retrieved 21 July 2024

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