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Pauline Putland

Hoya australis
common waxflower

2019, watercolour on paper
28 x 47 cm

Collected 1770: Cape Grafton, Endeavour River

Observed 2018: Noosa National Park

The composition moves from the harder and glossier mature leaves through to the soft and sinuous growth tips, expressing the vine’s vigorous climbing habit. Flowers moving from bud to bloom echo this living transition.

Hoya australis has many cultivated varieties and is a popular indoor plant, loved for its ornamental qualities and the rich fragrance of the flowers.

In tropical northern Australia, white sap taken from wax plants is used by Indigenous peoples in the preparation of body paints and hair oils. The sap can cause blindness if it gets into the eyes.

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