Hoya sp. Hat Som Paen

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Reminds me a bit of Hoya erythrostemma but the leaves are more fleshy and covered with silver flecks. It has a good rythm in growing, not like a weed but still not so slow that one gets bored waiting. The featured plant is 18 months old and was started from two, small cuttings.

This Hoya will thrive in a self watering pot and afternoon sun. I've grown it in a window facing west with some shade to protect it from direct sunlight. I have occasionally forgotten to fill the water container and the plant still looks great so it does tolerate some drought.

A delightful species that will not keep you waiting for blooms. It flowered for the first time when it was just a year old. The plant in the photo has five peduncles and although it's not visible all of them have buds. The flowers are similar to Hoya erythrostemma but almost glabrous. The scent is sweet but very faint.

I used to call it Hoya sp. Thailand but when going through old emails I noticed that it was billed as Hoya sp. Hat Som Paen so that's what I'll call it until it's published and given a proper name.

 Variations in Hoya
Light, but no sunlight

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

Slightly moist

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

Intermediate

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: 13 mm

Leaf size: ca 4-6 cm × 8-10 cm

Growth: Climbing

Scent: Faint

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Origin: Thailand

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