I love this trouble free Hoya relative that happily lives out its life growing in nothing but sphagnum moss. Here is a photo of its tiny flowers taken this morning:
It remains to be seen how I will make out with this plant long term trying to provide cool humid conditions. I am however very happy that I got to experience the plant first hand and take photographs of its tiny but amazing flowers.
Warm and humid is easy for me to provide using my grow tents, but cool and humid has always been a challenge for me. I am currently soaking my Dischidia astephana daily from 5-10 minutes while I care for the rest of the plants in the tent in which it resides. It lives under a strong LED light and has grown well for me, but has not flowered since I received the plant last September.
Dischidia astephana is a montane species. This was my word for the day, and I had to look it up. Montane means inhabiting mountainous country. This plant is endemic to the cooler humid mountainous ecosystems of Malaysia.
I think that the flowers of Dischidia astephana are among the most beautiful in the Dischidia world.
I picked up a beautiful mounted specimen of Dischidia astephana on eBay last year from a grower in San Francisco. Below is a photo of the plant mounted on cork.
The secret to growing Dischidia ruscifolia is to use sphagnum moss as your media. Let it dry out between soakings and the plant will grow like gangbusters. This is a very handsome plant that any houseplant enthusiast should have in their collection.
Despite Dischidia ruscifolia supposedly being an easy plant to grow, I almost failed with it the first time I tried it. I planted the cuttings in soil, and they did not like it one bit. Right after this photo was taken the leaves yellowed, and I had to save it with cuttings. Tomorrow the secret to easily growing the plant.
Dischidia ruscifolia is a native of the Philippines where it can be found growing attached to trees or clinging to cliff walls.
The flowers of Dischidia ruscifolia appear at almost every internode and last a very long time. The flowers are extremely small no more than 1/8 of an inch (3.5 mm) long.