Hoya lanceolata subsp. bella (Hook.) D.H. Kent

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Originally published as Hoya bella by Hooker in Curti's Botanical Magazine, t. 4402, 1848,but sunk into synonymity with the previously published Hoya lanceolata by D.H Kent in 1981. The publication has been questioned but since it has not been refuted and no republication has been made. So, until futher notice the name of Hoya bella and it's varieties must be Hoya lanceolata subsp. bella.

Hoya bella is purely a haning basket plant as it does not twine or climb in any direction. An epiphyt as most Hoyas.

Hoya bella seems to thrive in just about any potting mix as long as it's kept moist and allowed to grow in a light place. More cold tolerant than most Hoyas.

Leaves are diamond-like shaped. Flowers small, about 1cm (2/5") in diameter, bright white with a red or pink corona. Fragrance is faint but sweek. Produces no nectar.



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Information and photos of variations in Hoya lanceolata in my collectionInformation and photos of various Hoya lanceolata in my collection
Light, but no sunlight

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

Moist

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

Cool

Cool growing species. Tolerates longer periods of temperatures just below 10°C. Does not like to be exposed to temperatures above 25°C for any longer period.

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Origin: India, Nepal (Himalaya)

Author: (Hook.) D.H. Kent

Publication: Asklepios 23:27. (1981)

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