Hoya meliflua Merr.

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Large leaved plant with pink flowers. Has a strange growing habit as it doesn't twine well and the branches quickly turn hard. Needs a sturdy support as it grows heavy with time.

The flowers of Hoya meliflua look similar to those of Hoya kerrii and can be white or pink. At first the flowers have a strange scent, similar to glue but not so strong, but as the flowers mature the scent turns more sweet and is very agreeable - at least to me.

There are two varieties of this species: Hoya meliflua subsp. meliflua and Hoya meliflua subsp. fraterna. The name of the latter frequently causes mix ups with Hoya fraterna.

Subspecies or variations:
Information and photos of variations in Hoya meliflua in my collectionInformation and photos of various Hoya meliflua in my collection
Light, but no sunlight

Likes light but should not be exposed to sunlight. A protected window facing west is good.


Intermediate species. Tolerates short exposure to temperatures no less than 10°C. Best grown in a regular room temperature of 20-25°C.

Flower size: 15 mm

Leaf size: ca 4-6 cm × 10-15 cm

Growth: Climbing

Scent: Glue

Section: Amblyostemma

Origin: Philippines

Author: Merr.

Publication: Sp. Blancoanae 318 (1918).


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