Manipur Wax Flower
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Manipur Wax Flower
P Native Photo: Susheela Laipubam
Common name: Manipur Wax Flower
Botanical name: Hoya manipurensis    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Micholitzia obcordata, Dischidia obcordata, Antiostelma manipurense

Manipur Wax Flower is a perennial herb which can grow up to 1 m, but is usually smaller in cultivation. It is hairless except for young parts and flowers. Stems and branches are straw colored, striped. Leaf-stalks are about 2 mm, with 2 or 3 glands grouped above. Leaves are inverted-triangular, inverted-heart-shape or obovate, 2-3 x 1.5-2.5 cm, fleshy, somewhat leathery when dry, base wedge-shaped, tip almost flat, lateral veins obscure. Flower-clusters are stalkless or nearly so. Flower-stalks are 0.3-5.5 cm, velvet-hairy. Sepals are ovate-oblong, about 1.5 x 1 mm, hairy. Flowers are hairy, tube about 6 x 3 mm; petals triangular, about 1.5 x 1 mm, erect. Margins of corona lobes meet at middle. Seed-pods are linear-lanceshaped, about 6.5 cm x 4 mm. Manipur Wax Flower is native to E. Nepal to NE India, China and SE Asia. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Susheela Laipubam Photographed in cultivation in Imphal, Manipur.

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