Hoya undulata

Hoya undulata S.Rahayu & Rodda sp. nov. is an epiphytic, glaborous  climber with white latex in all vegetative parts. The leaves of this species form domatia, specialised structures harbouring ants, previously only observed in Hoya mitrata Kerr and Hoya darwinii Loher.

Stems slender, internodes very variable in length, from 0.5 cm in the parts of the vine forming domatia, to 20 cm long in climbing stems,, green with darker spots; adventitious root sparsely produced along the stem. Leaves petiolate; petiole broader than stem, light green to purple; lamina dimorphic, the first type ovate, obovate or oblanceolate, usually almost flat, located along climbing stems, the second type almost round to elliptic, usually convex and forming domatia.

The specific epithet 'undulata; refers to the characteristic undulate leaf margin.


The genus was named in Modern Latin in honor of English gardener and botanist Thomas Hoy (c. 1750-1822).

Hoya undulata

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  • Name: Hoya undulata S.Rahayu & Rodda sp. nov.
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form: Epiphyte or lithophyte
    Family: Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae
    Native Range: West Kalimantan, Borneo
    Zone: 13
    Habitat: lowland heath forest at 300–380 m above sea levelon a slope above a stream, epiphytic on small tree trunks about 1.5 m above ground,growing in about 80% humidity and 50% sunlight
    Height: up to 70cm
    Spread: up to 50 cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 4933209

    Synonyms: no synonyms recorded