Hoya coriacea Blume

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Hoya coriacea is a magnificent plant with large leaves that has a lethery feel to them. It's easily rooted but can be quite slow at first so one has to be equipped with patience.

It's a sunloving plant that should not run completely dry. If possible, keep it slightly moist at all times. It's not too fond of cold either so keep it away from open windows, especially during winter.

I've been told that Hoya coriacea is a difficult species to bring to bloom but I've faced no problem. Placed in a south facing window with some protection from the burning mid day sun and regular watering and fertilizing has made this one thrive and flower freely.

Flowers are large, pubescent and dull yellow. This clone differs slightly from the one usually in trade by being more pubescent and not having any red behind the corona.

There are some doubts about the identity of this particular clone of Hoya coriacea. It's been suggested that this might be a hybrid between Hoya fraterna and Hoya coriacea which would explain the very long peduncles. Another theory is that it is a species once published as Hoya angustisepala but later sunk into synonymity with Hoya coriacea.

When not blooming this species is easily mistaken for Hoya fraterna as the foliage is identical. However, Hoya fraterna has different flowers.



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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.

Warm

Temperate species. Should not be exposed to draught or temperatures below 17°C. Grows best in an average temperature of 30°C.

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Section: Physostemma

Origin: Thailand, Malaya, Indonesia, Philippines

Author: Blume

Publication: Bijdr. 1061 (1826)

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