Hoya macgillivrayi F.M. Bailey

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Hoya macgillivrayi and it's varieties are found only in one part of the world; the north east corner of the northern part of Queensland in Australia. All varieties are named after the places they were found.

The leaves are hard with a rather sharp tip. In my opinion the plant does best on trellis. Can grow out long, leafless, stems.

The flowers are large in various shades of red, ranging from light red to really dark burgundy, almost black, as in the case with this one from Pandanus Creek. The umbels consists of 5-15 flowers. Very fragrant, similar to magnolia.

A sun loving species. I grow this one in a south facing window with some protection from the burning sun. Keep moist. It does not like to run dry.

Other clones of Hoya macgillivrayi worth mentioning:

Hoya macgillivrayi Browns Creek, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Cape Weymouth, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Coen River, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Duan Island, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Iron Range, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Lamond Hill, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Leo Creek, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Lochhart River, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Massey River, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Mount Tozer, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Nesbit River, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Pandanus Creek, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Rocky River, Qld
Hoya macgillivrayi Lankelly Creek, Qld

Hoya macgillivrayi 'Superba' is a name I often come across but know very little about.

Subspecies or variations:
Information and photos of variations in Hoya macgillivrayi in my collectionInformation and photos of various Hoya macgillivrayi 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: ca 50mm Ø

Leaf size: ca 5-6cm × 10-15cm

Growth: Climbing

Scent: Perfume

Section: Physostelma

Origin: Australia (Queensland)

Author: F.M. Bailey

Publication: Queensl. Agric. Journ. 1914, n. s. i. 190


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