Hoya vitiensis Turrill

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A beautiful and neat species that bloomes with large flowers and a very odd coloration. The flowers are lilac but with small grey hairs that makes the surface look like soft velvet. Hoya vitiensis has a very strange scent that is difficult to describe. It reminds me of a blend of grass and chocolate.

I find Hoya vitiensis to be a rather fast grower that easily get tangled into other plants. The leaves are medium sized, olive green, oblong and quite thin. Due to the thin leaves it is a thirsty species, especially when it's warm. In my oppinion the species does best if kept slightly moist.

Hoya vitiensis originates from Viti Levu. The largest of the Fiji islands. It likes light but prefers indirect such. Even a window facing east can be too much and the morning sun burn the leaves. Try to filter the lights with shades or a piece of transparent fabric.

 Variations in Hoya

Should not be exposed to sunlight.. A shaded window facing west or east is good.

Slightly moist

Tolerates some drought but should not be allowed to run completely dry.


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: ca 20 mm Ø

Leaf size: ca 70 × 50mm

Growth: Climbing

Scent: yes


Origin: Fiji

Author: Turrill

Publication: Journ. Linn. Soc., Bot. xliii. 31 (1915)


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