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11. Hoya R. Br. in Mem. Wern. Soc. 1:26. 1810. Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4:52.1883; Cooke, Fl. Pres. Bomb. re-print ed. 2:233.1958; Huber in Abeywickrama, Fl. Ceylon 1(1):50.1973; Stevens in Saldanha & Nicolson, Fl. Hassan Dist. 449.1976.


Twining or climbing, often epiphytic subshrubs or shrubs. Branches rooting at nodes, glabrous. Leaves opposite, thick and fleshy. Flowers in sessile clusters or in pedunculate umbelloid cymes. Calyx small, 5 lobed. Corolla rotate, lobes valvate. Corona single consisting of 5 large, fleshy horizontally spreading segments attached to the staminal column, produced at the inner angle into a tooth projecting inwards. Gynostegium short, sessile. Anthers with the connective produced into a membranous tip. Pollinia erect from dark honry corpuscula, 1 per locule, waxy, without pellucid margin. Follicles slender or thickened, fusiform, oblong to linear. Seeds comose.

A genus with c. 200 species, distributed in S. China, Nepal, S.E. Asia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Northern Australia and Pacific Islands; represented in Pakistan by 1 species.

Lower Taxon


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