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Where Hoya platycaulis Got Its Name From

Hoya platycaulis got its name from Latin platys and caulis for “flat” and “stem,” respectively. The trait that all new stem growth is flat seems to be unique to this Hoya.  As the growth matures the flat stems will become rounder in time.

Hoya platycaulis Becomes Available and I Pounce!

Every once and awhile, you get lucky.  I happened to check eBay a week ago to see what was new and low and behold, Gardino had listed a Hoya platycaulis plant in flower for sale, and miracle of miracles, it was a buy it now and not an auction. The price was $57 and while it was the most that I ever intentionally paid for a Hoya, I jumped on it. The plant arrived a week later with flowers still intact.

Let’s Talk About Hoya platycaulis

I first heard about Hoya platycaulis a number of years ago in a Hoya forum, and have wanted one ever since.  I never pursued acquiring it seriously, because one, I almost never saw it available, and two, it was way too expensive when I did find one. A good Hoya friend had Ted Green send me a cutting of the plant over the summer, and despite my best efforts, I could not get it to root.  More tomorrow – below the leaves of Hoya platycaulis: