Inspired by our post on plants and the birds they attract LINK, KF Yap wrote in to say that he had observed the Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) visiting three of his Hoya species: H. diversifolia (above-left), H. verticillata (above-right) and H. australis to sip on the flower nectar.
Thanks to KF who is an avid collector of Hoya species, we now have a new plant genus to add to our list of plants and the birds they attract.
Addendum: “Two interesting facts about the sweet Hoya exudates. Very few Hoya spp. produce coloured nectars. H. diversifolia, a local sp., produces a clear exudate which turns light-brown soon after. The possible explanation is that the nectar may contain a substance which oxidises rapidly. It seems to be non-toxic to the sunbirds. Most of the other Hoya spp. produce colourless nectars.” – KF Yap, 9th August 2015