Hoya acuta Haw.

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The name of this one has been a subject of discussion. I recieved it as Hoya acuta 'Bronze' during the early 1990-ties. Some years later I was told to change the name as it was supposedly synonymous with Hoya verticillata. As I had no idea of what was right at the time I did as I was told and the name changed for a few years. However, the hoya authorities have not managed to agree, at least not from what I understand, but at least two concider Hoya acuta to be a separate species and should carry the original name. So, I've decided my plant will keep the name it first came with: Hoya acuta 'Bronze'. To add to the confusion it often occurs as Hoya parasitica, a name that to my knowledge is completely invalid as it was never correctly published.

Hoya acuta is a lovely species. Easily cultivated and willing to bloom. It is a ridig climber with hard, oval shaped leaves with an acute tip. Tolerates to run dry but as with many hoya species it will be more beatiful if kept slightly moist.

 Variations in Hoya
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.


Intermediate species. Tolerates short exposure to temperatures no less than 10°C. Best grown in a regular room temperature of 20-25°C.

Flower size: 13mm

Leaf size: ca 7cm × 15cm

Growth: Climbing

Scent: Perfume

Section: Sperlingia?

Origin: Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia

Author: Haw.

Publication: Rev. Pl. Succ. 4. (1821)


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