Dusky Wax Flower
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Dusky Wax Flower
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Dusky Wax Flower, Dusky Porcelain Flower • Mizo: Hnahchhah
Botanical name: Hoya fusca    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Dusky Wax Flower is a hairless climber except for flower. Stems are stout, up to 3 m. Leaf-stalks are 1-2 cm, leaf blade oblong to elliptic or lanceshaped, 10-13 × 2.5-4.5 cm, leathery or thick papery when dry, lateral veins about 10 pairs. Flowers are borne at branch-ends and in leaf-axils, in spherical, many flowered clusters, shorter than leaves. flower-cluster-stalk 1.5-2.5 cm. Flower-stalks are 2-2.5 cm, sepals elliptic, 1.5-2 x 1.2-1.4 mm, blunt. Flowers are yellow, about 1 cm in diameter, often reflexed; petals triangular-ovate, finely velvet-hairy inside. Corona lobes short, very thick, outer angle blunt or pointed, inner angle ending in an erect or recurved spur up to as long as anther tips. Pods are linear-lanceshaped in outline, 13-15 cm x 6-10 mm. Dusky Wax Flower is found in Eastern Himalaya, from Nepal to NE India, Tibet, Burma, east to S. China, at altitudes of 500-2300 m. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana Photographed in Reiek tlang, Mizoram.

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