Butterfly hosts — climbers

Native Hoya

Hoya australis

Hoya australis is a moderately vigorous climbing species. 
The leaves are thick and glossy and about 40-50 mm in diameter. 
The stems contain a white, milky sap. 
Flowers occur in clusters of up to 40, each on a long pedicel (stalk) and about 20 mm in diameter. 
They are borne on the same stalk in successive seasons and are fragrant, white in colour with deep red markings in the centre. 
The seed pods are long and slender, about 100 mm long containing several seeds.  
Good drainage is essential. 
H.australis is also suited to growing in containers and hanging baskets as it seems tolerant of root constraint. Flowering is best if good light is available, but the plant will grow in reasonably heavy shade.  


Food plant of the Common Crowbutterfly Euploea core

Zig Zag Vine

Melodorum leichardtii    

Woody climber, often common in drier rainforests.  
Twining stems forming coils around supporting plant. 
Leaves alternate, to 12cm. Perfumed yellowish, 20mm flowers, spring. 
Edible, oblong orange fruit, constricted between seeds, to 3cm long, in pendulous clusters. (Mangroves to Mountains, Glenn Leiper et al.)  

Food plant for 
F ourbar swordtail Photographium leostheses  
 and Pale Green TriangleGraphium eurypylus