many plants have waxy leaves. if you base on this characteristic to look for this plant, it is not easy. let me give you another hint. the chinese common name of this shrub is “black face”. the name points to the fact that leaves turn black when they fell down or dry; whereas leaves from most other plants turn brown under such conditions.
waxy leaf (breynia fruticosa) is native to hong kong. it is evergreen and enjoy long flowering and fruiting seasons that extent from spring to almost winter.
it has alternate leaf arrangement, dark-green on upper surface, light-green on lower surface. flowers are small, yellowish-green in colour, solitary or 2-4-flowered in axillary clusters. i found the setting of flowers lining up in the middle, with leaves at both side neat and cute; and the globose capsules are really lovely. the fruit now is young and green, it will turn red when mature.
waxy leaf does not have sharp pretty appearance, but it looks adorable in a down-to-earth sense to me. it is not hard to spot them as they are common in shrubland and edges of woodland around us.
黑面神 waxy leaf (breynia fruticosa) － kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms 被子植物 | (unranked): eudicots 真雙子葉植物 | (unranked): rosids | order: malpighiales 金虎尾目 | family: phyllanthaceae 葉下珠科 | tribe: phyllantheae 葉下珠族 | subtribe: flueggeinae 白飯樹屬 | genus: breynia 黑面神屬 | species: breynia fruticosa 黑面神 (source: wiki)