Hoya obscura Wax Flower


The wax flower Hoya obscura Elmer ex C. M. Burton 1986 has been found by A. D. E. Elmer in the year 1916 on the island of Luzon, Philippines. Hoya obscura flowers are highly fragrant, the scent is reminescent of a mixture of honey, lemon and lavender. The tropical climber is considered as an easy-to-gtow plant and is extremly floriferous and fast growing. The medium-sized leaves range from deep green if grown in shade, to a red color, if exposed to direct sunlight. Flowers are grouped in umbels of up to about 30 single flowers, which last about one week. Hoya obscura requires warm temperatures, high humidity, a well-drained soil and a good air movement. Plants should slightly dry out between waterings.

 Hoya obscura Elmer ex C. M. Burton 1986Flower Photography © Orchids Flowers.com
Image: Hoya obscura Elmer ex C. M. Burton 1986
Photographer: Kitisak “Nat” Jaidee

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Ellen Reader August 22, 2010 at 07:47

I have been told that there is a flower that grows natural in Florida along the edges of rivers and swamps that the indigenous Indians used to make wax. The park ranger thought that it was a type of orchid but I did not see the plant myself.

Ellen Reader

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