Dischidia ruscifolia also known as Million Hearts is one of my favorite houseplants. What makes this plant extra special is that it is exceptionally easy to grow.
This beats curtains any day – Hoya sp. aff. engleriana Vietnam and Dischidia ruscifolia in a bathroom window.
I would have to guess that this is the world’s first photo of a Hoya quinquenervia inserted into a Dischidia collyris flower cluster. No reason for it other than it is slow right now, and I have both of these plants flowering at the same time.
Dischidia collyris has not stopped flowering all winter long. Here is a photo from yesterday:
I would urge all of you Hoya lovers out there to pick up at least one or two Dischidia to try, as they are in the same family as Hoyas, and can be something a little different to fool around with.
I’m trying to move away from growing mounted Dischidia as it is quite a lot of work. I have to fully immerse the mounted specimen every day or two into a nutrient solution to hydrate the plant, which can get pretty old in a hurry.
I grow Dischidia hirsuta like many of my other Dischidia – mounted on a moss covered section of tubing.
Dischidia hirsuta was presumed extinct in Singapore until its rediscovery in May of 2011. It is considered critically endangered.
There are morphological variations of Dischidia hirsuta across its rather large distribution range. There is a wonderful photo and online article on the plant that can be found here: Gardens Bulletin Singapore I would urge all of you that are interested in Dischidia to read it.
I guess that we will take a break from Hoyas for a few days to talk about a close cousin – Dischidia hirsuta.