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  Hoya diversifolia Blume
  Family Name : Apocynaceae

  Common Names : Akar Kekapal, Akar Serapat, Akar Sesapat, Akar Sedudu Bukit, Caping Kera

Akar Kekapal,Akar Serapat,Akar Sesapat,Akar Sedudu Bukit,Caping Kera
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Climber, Vine & Liana, Epiphyte
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Java, and the Philippines
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Coastal Forest), Shoreline (Mangrove Forest)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Epiphytic climber, often forming a dense covering on trees branches on which they grow.
      Foliage: Its stalked leaves have very thick, and fleshy leaf blades that are elliptic-obovate, and are up to 13 by 6.4 cm.
      Flowers: 1–20 flowers develop in umbrella-shaped flowering clusters (inflorescence), star-shaped, cream or pink with pink centers, and are 0.8–1.3 cm wide.
      Fruits: Its fruits are follicles that would split open at one side when mature, and are up to 15 by 0.6 cm.
      Habitat :
      This species is tolerant of a wide range of habitats and can be found growing on mangrove or coastal trees. In Malaysia, this species can also be found growing on oil palm.
      Associated Fauna :
      Its flowers are insect-pollinated.
      Cultivation :
      It can be propagated by seed or stem cutting.
      Etymology :
      Latin Hoya, commemorates Thomas Hoy, a 18th century head gardener to the Duke of Northumberland at Syon House, Isleworth; Latin diversifolia, variable-leaved
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      [Others]: Plant is used in Malay folk medicine (Kuala Kangsar, Peninsular Malaysia) - leaves are boiled in water and the decoction is used for hot baths to treat fevers and rheumatism.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      It is suitable for growing in parks, gardens and streetscapes, on trees or on trellises and pergolas.
      Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Saline Soils / Salt Spray, Fertile Loamy Soils, Easy to Grow
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Coastal, Beachfront / Shoreline, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, Trellis / Arbour / Pergola, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Hanging Basket
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Abiotic (Wind)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water, Little Water, Occasional Misting
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Leathery, Thick
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Obovate; Elliptical)
      Foliar Margin :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Flower Symmetry :
      Flowering Opening Time :
      Flower Lifespan On Plant :
      Several Days
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Dehiscent Dry Fruit (Follicle)
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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