Otherworldly Hoya blooms

pink blooms

Hoya sp., commonly called Waxplant is found in the Apocynaceae family

pik blooms

Close-up of Hoya’s umbellate inflorescence.

white and yellow star-shaped flower

Centrostemma multiflora (formerly the genus Hoya) commonly allied Shooting Star, is also found in the Apocynaceae family.

The genus ‘Hoya’ was named in honor of the botanist Thomas Hoy.  Hoyas are native to Asia, Polynesia and Australia.  They are called wax plants because their leaves feel very waxy and smooth.  There is a collection of Hoya plants located in the main hallway in the Tucker greenhouse.  Come in and look closely at these very unusual flowers.