Hoya ciliata Elmer ex C.M.Burton

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As most eriostemma section Hoyas, Hoya ciliata is difficult to bring to bloom in the norhtern hemisphere, however among the eriostemmas it seems to be the easiest. I must admit I didn't put any effort in making it bloom. At the time it bloomed for the first time the plant was six years old and had been planted in a self watering pot for two years. Hoya ciliata had spent most of it's time in a shaded window facing south. The flowers are dark purple-brown, almost black, why it's got the nickname "The Black Hoya".

The entire plant is pubescent. The leaves are emerald green and feels like velvet. Hoya ciliata grows in spurts, sometimes like a weed and sometimes nothing.

Hoya ciliata can be difficult to root. It prefers high humidity and lots of sunshine and warmth. Doesn't like to run dry. Add limestone to potting mix.

Some concider Hoya ciliata synonymous to Hoya madulidi, others that the Hoya ciliata in trade is Hoya madulidi and that the real Hoya ciliata is not in collection. How the theories will develop will be a later issue...

 Variations in Hoya
Sunlight

Requires lots of light. Tolerates exposure to full sunlight although the leaves might turn yellow..

Moist

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

Warm

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 30 mm

Leaf size: ca 50mm × 70mm

Growth: Climbing

Scent: None

Section: Eriostemma

Origin: Indonesia

Author: Elmer ex C.M. Burton

Publication: The Hoyan, 9(4:2): Vol. 1, (1988)—. 1988

Herbarium: 318658

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