South-Indian Wax Flower
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South-Indian Wax Flower
P Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: South-Indian Wax Flower
Botanical name: Hoya pauciflora    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Hoya wightiana

South-Indian Wax Flower is a beautiful plant with attractive waxy foliage and sweet scented flowers, native to South India and Sri Lanka, now grown as a house plant in the Western world. It is a climber with stem drooping, hairless, wiry. Flowers are white, 1.2-2 cm across, bell-shaped, lobes shallow, triangular; corona 4 mm across, lobes rounded at tip. Flower-stalks are 1.5-2 cm long, slender; sepals 1.5 mm long, ovate. Flowers are borne in few-flowered, nearly stalkless umbel-like cymes, at branch-ends on lateral smaller branches or in leaf-axils. Leaves are 4-6 x 0.7-0.9 cm, linear-lanceshaped, tip blunt, base flat; leaf-stalk up to 3 mm long. Flowering: November-December.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

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