Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hoya lasiantha and H praetorii

This is a couple of exceedingly beautiful and closely related Hoyas ....
....Hoya lasiantha, found in Peninsula Malaysia and Borneo - has larger golden flowers with prominent corona protruding like eroded molars.
.... the umbels on my palm somehow reminded me of a hatchling of small chicks.

Unlike most Hoyas, it is a scrambling shrub. It is reported to be an epiphyte in the wild. It is not a difficult plant to grow in the lowlands, but can become straggly, so constant prunning is advisable to keep it neat and will also provide some backup cuttings in case something catastrophic happened to the mother plant.
....under suitable lighting, the white hairs seem to emit a silver glow.

The second plant, Hoya praetorii, is a rarer prospect, and smaller in stature too. Unlike the former, this a a decidedly more difficult plant for me. This is a native of Sumatra.

It differs from the former by its corona,which is salmon-pink, less massive and less angular than its bigger relative.

11 comments:

Titania said...

They are so rare and wonderful. I have never had the chance to see those. In a way they look like small animals or like you said baby chicks.
You must be so thrilled to have something so special in your garden. Now I go back to admire them again.

Nat said...

This is so cool, thanks for sharing. What a strange specimen. I only have the generic hoya and it's a favorite. This one has the most unusual flowers.

Hort Log said...

Yes its one of the more desirable species.

Anonymous said...

Awesome, miss your posts lately.

Jes ti

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daphne said...

First time to see this kind. .Beautiful one! we must preserve this kind :)

sheds garages said...

Pretty indeed! Wonderful job. Thanks a lot for posting.

Garden centre in Northampton said...

This is so cool, thanks for sharing. What a strange specimen. I only have the generic hoya and it's a favorite. This one has the most unusual flowers.

Alexis Jolene said...

Marvelous looking flower! I am having confused at first, i think this is some kinds of little creature! :)
I never saw those flower before!

Salahudin Mohd Raof said...

Beautiful & special..

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