Pargacha/Hoyas

Published:  12:02 AM, 05 August 2017

Species of tropical plants Hoya

Species of tropical plants Hoya

Pargacha or Hoyas are evergreen perennial creepers or vines or rarely, shrubs. They often grow epiphytically on trees; some grow terrestrially, or occasionally in rocky areas. They climb by twining, and with the employment of adventitious roots. That is why it is called a parasite plant. Larger species grow 1-18 m (3-59 ft), or more, with suitable support in trees. They have simple entire leaves, arranged in an opposite pattern, that are typically succulent.

Leaves may exhibit a variety of forms, and may be smooth, felted or hairy; veination may be prominent or not, and many species have leaf surfaces flecked with irregular small silvery spots. The flowers appear in axillary umbellate clusters at the tip of peduncles. Hoya peduncles are commonly referred to as spurs. In most species these spurs are perennial and are rarely shed. The plant grows cuttings. It is a very attractive flower plant and helps in adding to the beauty of a garden. It is abundantly seen in Sylhet and some hilly areas.

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