Wax Flower
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Wax Flower
ntroduced elliptic Photo: Gary Thingnam
Common name: Wax Plant, Wax Flower, Porcelain Flower
Botanical name: Hoya carnosa    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)

Wax flower is a slow-growing, woody, evergreen vine which has thick, fleshy, two to four-inch-long, green or variegated leaves. The flower-cluster is made up of numerous flowers, hanging or more upright. The flowers are typically light pink, but may vary from near-white to dark pink; they are star-shaped, and are borne in clusters that look like tiny wax miniatures. The surface of the flowers is covered in tiny hairs giving them a fuzzy sheen. They are heavily scented and may produce excess nectar that drips from the flowers. The flower crown has a diameter of 1.5 to 2 cm and is whitish to slightly pink coloured. The stem is up to about 10 cm long. The leaves, ovate or elliptical, are 3-5 cm wide and 3.5-13 cm long, with a leaf-stalk of about 1-1.5 cm. Wax flower is native to S. China to Laos, Japan (S. Kyushu) to Taiwan.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur

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