Homalomena is a plant genus containing over 70 species of evergreen, perennial herbs native to tropical parts of Africa, Asia, New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands. They grow in warm, moist habitats, such as rain forests and moist grasslands. The plants have glossy green leaves that are often variegated with white or yellow. They produce small, yellow or white flowers, followed by small, round fruits that contain many seeds. The stems are often long and can be used for decoration. The plants are grown as houseplants or in outdoor gardens in warm climates. They prefer light shade and moist soil, and are sensitive to cold temperatures.