Fishtail Wax Flower
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Fishtail Wax Flower
P Native Photo: Pema Bhutia
Common name: Fishtail Wax Flower, Fishtail hoya
Botanical name: Hoya polyneura    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Fishtail Wax Flower is a tree-dwelling shrub, hairless throughout, with stems climbing up to 2.5 m, stout, flexuous. The common name comes from the mermaid-tail like shape and vein pattern of the leaves. Flowers are white to light pink, about 1.5 cm in diameter, petals papillate inside. Corona lobes are red-purple, semiheart-shaped, inner angle 2-eared at base, tip a stout erect beak equalling or shorter than long-subulate anther appendages. Flower-stalks are about 2.5 cm, slender, sepals blunt. Flowers are borne in pseudumbelsin leaf-axils, carried on flower-cluster-stalk very short, thickened. Leaves are nearly stalkless; leaf blade rhomboid, 8-12 x 2.5-6.5 cm, base rounded to broadly wedge-shaped, tip tapering; midvein slender; lateral veins numerous, straight, parallel, prominent. Seedpods are sickle shaped, about 10 cm, slender, smooth. Fishtail Wax FlowerBroad-leaved is found in evergreen forests, from Central Himalayas to China, at altitudes of about 1400 m. Flowering: August.

Identification credit: Pema Bhutia Photographed in Sikkim.

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