Finally Time To Start Talking About Hoya stenaokei (NS12-222)

We will first discuss the name of the species – the correct spelling, and where it got its name from. The species is named for Sten-Åke Svensson whose children supported the early work of Nathalie Simonsson in Papua New Guinea. She discovered the species in 2011, and when she later published it, named the species Hoya stenakei, thinking that it was optional to write the Swedish letter Å as A. She found out later that botanical nomenclature did not allow it and Å has to be written as AO, hence stenaokei. I think that it will probably be written incorrectly for many years to come as stenakei is so much easier to pronounce and spell than stenaokei!