Hoya globulifera Blume

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I revieved this one labelled Hoya PNG-4? rubuda?. Identified as Hoya globulifera by a known scientist in Australia.

It's close relation to Hoya lamingtoniae is obvious when looking at the flowers. The color is quite different though, not to say unique. The blend of gray and dark red is simply stunning.

Hoya globulifera prefers to be kept slightly moist. I grow it under flourescent lights so I guess bright but filtered light would be the best. The room where it grows is also quite warm due to all the lights in the very limited space.

Flowers are approx. 15 mm in diameter. Very pubescent. Has a slight scent when buds are opening up.

The plant is glabrous. Leaves approx 80 mm long and 25 mm wide. The base of the leaf is usually yellow so it's easy to think it's about to fall off. They are also quite rigid. Venation not as obvious as with Hoya lamingtoniae.

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

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


Should not be allowed to go dry. Keep slightly moist at all times.


Temperate species. Should not be exposed to draught or temperatures below 17°C. Grows best in an average temperature of 30°C.

Flower size: 15 mm

Leaf size: 20-25 mm x 50-70 mm

Growth: Climbing

Scent: Faint


Origin: Papua Nya Guinea

Author: Blume

Publication: Mus. Bot. i. 44. (1849 ?)


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