Huge Difference In Plants Appearance Depending Under What Kind Of Conditions It Is Grown

My friend Bob from Ohio recently sent me photos of his Hoya vitellinoides that he grew from a cutting that I personally gave him from my plant. You would hardly know that they are the same plant as they look so radically different. The top photo is my plant from a couple of years ago, and the bottom two photos are of the exact same plant grown under Bob’s conditions.

There is a lot of research that could be done on just exactly what are the differences that produce such distinctive plants from the exact same cutting. There is a movement among plant scientists currently to lump many heretofore separate species into a single species. The conditions under which a plant is grown could have a lot to do with why they originally were thought to be different species, but are in fact the same plant.