Cystidianthus laurifolius Blume

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This species has been through many discussions since it was found during the late 90-ties. By some it is believed to be the true Hoya campanulata. It is easily confused with Hoya wallichii wich was the first species to be sold as Hoya campanulata

In the past few years another species that more resembles the drawings and descriptions of Hoya campanulata has been collected. When doing some research I discovered that the person my plant originally came from still calls it Cystidianthus laurifolius, which is also recommended by another scientist, I've decided to go by that since it was the first name it was published under. It is very likely it will be moved to the Hoya genus, as was intended during the 19th century, but it will then recieve a new name.

Looks a lot like Hoya wallichii in both leaves, growth and flowers only smaller. Everything on this plant is about half the size of Hoya wallichii, but the amount of flowers are about twice as many per umbel.

Grow Cystidianthus laurifolius in a light window with some shade from the sun. Likes moist and should not run dry.

Flowers cup shaped, creme or apricot in color, approx 20mm in diameter and have a slight scent of citrus.

 Variations in Cystidianthus

Should not be exposed to sunlight.. A shaded window facing west or east is good.


Should not be allowed to go dry. Keep slightly moist at all times.


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: 20mm Ø

Leaf size: ca 5cm × 10cm

Growth: Climbing/bushlike

Scent: Citrus

Section: Physostelma?

Origin: Malaya

Author: Blume

Publication: Museum Botanicum Lugduno-Batavorum 1: 57 (1849)


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