Hoya australis subsp. australis— Native Hoya—APOCYNACEAE

Hoya australis

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Habitat—Grows chiefly in dry rainforest in subcoastal ranges.

Distribution—North from Dorrigo area in New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Pubescent climber with twining stems to 6 m high, often scrambling over rocks; latex copious.

Local occurrences

Sea Acres National Park and Stephen Street Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, milky latex present lamina broad–elliptic to ovate or ± circular, 3 to 6 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, apex rounded and shortly apiculate, upper surface sparsely pubescent or ± glabrous, lower surface densely pubescent with spreading hairs; petiole 10 to 35 mm long, thick.

Hoya australis
Hoya australis

Inflorescence—Umbels mostly 12 to 30–flowered; peduncle 5 to 25 mm long; pedicels 15 to 25 mm long. Flowers 15 to 25 mm diam., white with red centers, fragrant. Sepals 2 to 3 mm long. Corolla 7 to 8 mm long, minutely hairy above. Corona segments white.

Flowering.—Autumn to Winter.

Fruit—Follicles ± terete, 10 to 15 cm long, 10 to 15 mm diam.

Ripe.—May to June