Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hoya fraterna

This plant comes from Borneo and can have up to 50 flowers in an umbel. This picture, taken tonight, is of my plant's first flowering. The flowers which are still opening, are an inch wide. I got it as a cutting in October 2005, and accidentally planted it upside down to root. I'm sure it would have flowered long before now if it hadn't had such a stressed beginning! The leaves are 6" long by 3" wide and are glaborous (not fuzzy like some hoya leaves), nicely veined and quite stiff, but are not succulent. It's a happy day for me when a hoya blooms, but a first blooming is a very special occasion.

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