Hoya solaniflora Schltr.

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From the mountain area of New Guinea comes Hoya solaniflora. A small growing and very neat species. As it in nature grows at approximately 1200 meters it prefers a somewhat cool position.

The branches of Hoya solaniflora are very thin, almost thread like, and the leaves oblong-ish. It's structure reminds me of Hoya microphylla but the shape is completely different. It is a twiner that probably does best growing up trellises, but I grow it in a hanging basket.

Hoya solaniflora is a tender species that should not be exposed to bright sunglight or kept dry. It prefers even most and a shaded position.

Hoya solaniflora was for some time sold as Hoya venusta and Hoya PNG-4 (now called Hoya lamingtoniae) was first identified as Hoya solaniflora. Studies of herbaria showed that the species had been mixed up and that Hoya venusta is currently not cultivated anywhere.

 Variations in Hoya

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:

Leaf size: 10mm × 40mm

Growth: Climbing

Scent: perfume

Section: Physostelma

Origin: Papua New Guinea

Author: Schltr.

Publication: Bot. Jahrb. Syst. l. 120 (1913).


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