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Hoya macgillivrayi F.M.Bailey

Slender Vine
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Bailey, F.M. (1914) Queensland Agricultural Journal Series 2 1: 190. Type: Queensland, Claudie River, Lloyd Bay, W. Macgillivray; holo: BRI.


A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm.


Twigs, petioles and leaves produce a milky exudate. Leaf blades thick and fleshy, about 9.5-17.5 x 4-7 cm, petioles about 1.5-2 cm long. About 2-5 colleters (small finger-like glands) present on the upper surface of the midrib near its junction with the petiole.


Inflorescence an umbelliform raceme. Flowers borne in compressed racemes resembling umbels. Peduncles about 1-7 cm long, pedicels about 7-8 cm long. Flowers about 5.5-7 cm diam. Calyx lobes fleshy, about 3-5.5 mm long. Corolla fused for about 23-25 mm, corolla lobes about 22 mm long. Staminal corona star-shaped. Anthers about 2.5 mm long, sessile, each anther ending in a terminal appendage. Corona about 20 mm diam., shaped like a starfish (Asteroidea). Pollen aggregated in pollinia. Ovaries 2, each about 4 mm long. Ovules numerous.


Fruits about 21.5 x 1.6 cm. Seed + plume about 45 mm long. Seeds about 6.5-7 mm long. Embryo about 4.5-5 mm long, cotyledons wider and longer than the radicle.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to CYP. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 450 m. Grows as an epiphytic vine in monsoon forest and rain forest.

Natural History & Notes

This species has horticultural potential producing umbels of large strikingly-coloured flowers.

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