Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hoya lamingtoniae

A mid-sized vine from the Oro Province in Papua New Guinea named after the wife of the then governor of Queensland. It had been labelled in the trade as PNG-4 for some time until the description was matched against a plant collected at foot of Mount Trafalgar and described in 1898 by botanist F.M. Bailey* . At that time, he mentioned that it was "one of the most beautiful of the genus and should be introduced into garden culture." In terms of robustness, ease of growth and size/ fullness of the umbel, it is certainly not a match for the more commonly encountered H. pubicalyx, which also has flaming red flowers but much thicker leaves and stems. Its charms lies in its relative rarity in the garden (snob appeal ?), less weedy growth and the 4-veined leaves.

* Queensland Agriculture Journal, V3, p156

9 comments:

titania said...

A very beautiful pink Hoya. I do love them in my garden scrambling up trees. Hoya carnosa is full of flowers at the moment.

I likE plants! said...

That's a beautiful Hoya and you shot is crystal clear.

Bravo!
Eric

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Brilliant photo of a gorgeous flower ./ Tyra

kompoStella said...

hullo there -
and thank you ever so much for the comments in my blogs :-)
i've written a post about pelargonium cultivars in reply to your question. to be certain of success, however, i'll recommend you to go for the species... and soon i will write a post about that too.
am glad to have found you out here in the bloggosphere!
nice picture, btw.

Hermes said...

I come back and you have some of the most beautiful and fascinating pictures ever ... Great stuff.

Hort Log said...

Hi Philip,

thanks for your kind words, but I am still a student, the real gurus are here:

http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=12

Hort Log said...

Thanks for all your kind words.
I still think too much bright spots, but I was facing a blue sky so its inevitable I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Hort Log said...

thanks for your comment. I realise that a blog about flora and nature is generally dry or preachy so I did want to spend more effort to make it more accessible whenever possible.

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