East-Himalayan Wax Flower
Share Foto info
East-Himalayan Wax Flower
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: East-Himalayan Wax Flower
Botanical name: Hoya griffithii    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Hoya kwangsiensis, Hoya lancilimba, Hoya tsoii

East-Himalayan Wax Flower is a tree-dwelling shrub, hairless throughout. Flowers are white, about 3 cm in across, petals broadly ovate, somewhat cruved, spreading, hairless outside, obscurely finely velvet-hairy inside. Corona lobes are about 5 mm, concave, outer angle rounded, inner angle extending into a tooth as long as anther appendages, to 3 mm. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, in spherical pseudo-umbels, carried on flower-cluster-stalk 5-7 cm. Flower-stalks are 4-4.5 cm, sepals oblong-ovate, 7-8 x about 4.5 mm. Stems are up to 1.5 m. Leaf-stalk 1-3 cm, robust; leaf blade lanceshaped or oblong-lanceshaped, 11-14 x 2.5-4.5 cm, papery, base wedge-shaped, tip pointed to tapering; lateral veins few, obscure. Seedpods are lanceshaped, about 15 x 1 cm. East-Himalayan Wax Flower is found in dense or sparse forests, at altitudes of about 800 m, in NE India, China, Laos, Vietnam. Flowering: June-August.
Medicinal uses: The stems and leaves are used for the treatment of traumatic injury, fractures, swellings, and coughs.

Identification credit: Dipanakar Borah Photographed in Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

• Is this flower misidentified? If yes,