Hoya aldrichii

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Hoya aldrichii
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Scientific classification
H. aldrichii
Binomial name
Hoya aldrichii
Hemsl., 1890[1]

Hoya aldrichii , commonly known as the Christmas Island Waxvine is a species of flowering plant in the Apocynaceae or dogbane family. It is a vine that is endemic to Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the north-eastern Indian Ocean, where it is a common epiphyte in the shrublands of the island’s coastal terraces. The specific epithet honours Captain Aldrich, commander of the survey vessel HMS Egeria, which visited Christmas Island in 1887.[2]


Hoya aldrichii is a tall climber. Its stems are glabrous with pale bark. The leaves are elliptical, rounded at the base, entire, acuminate or acute and glabrous; they are 75–150 mm long, 35–60 mm wide, with a 10–15 mm long petiole. The flowers occur in umbels of 15–30, are white through pink to deep purple-pink in colour, and are fragrant at night. The seeds are oblong and about 5 mm long.[2]


The vine has at times been considered close to, or even synonymous with, H. cinnamomifolia Hook., H. pottsii Traill., and H. diversifolia Blume.[2]



  1. ^ Hemsley (1890).
  2. ^ a b c Flora of Australia Online.


  • Hemsley, William (1890). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 25 (172): 351–362 [355]. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.1890.tb02403.x. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • "Hoya aldrichii Hemsl". Flora of Australia Online. Australian Biological Resources Study. 1993. Retrieved 2010-11-21.