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EPI. 35: Species Spotlight - Hoya multiflora

Despite two centuries passing since its initial publication, Hoya multiflora remains a favorite among plant enthusiasts, consistently surprising the market with new and alluring varieties. This species within the Hoya genus continues to captivate collectors with its stunning foliage and unique flowers. Tune in and join Lydia, Jessi, and Adam as they shine a spotlight on this Hoya from essential care tips, insights and knowledge. Whether you’re a seasoned Hoya collector or just starting your plant journey, this episode will deepen your appreciation for the beautiful and classic, Hoya multiflora!

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Episode 35: Species Spotlight - Hoya multiflora


Hoya multiflora has numerous homotypic (same type specimen as another name) and heterotypic synonyms (different types with different names are associated and belong in the same taxon).

pc: Lydia,

Hoya multiflora (outer variegated)

Location & Environment

Hoya multiflora has been observed in various localities such as:

  • South central and southeast China, Cambodia, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, New Guinea, Vietnam, Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Philippines, and Borneo (Kalimanmta, Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak).

This Hoya grows ephipytically on trees and is typically seen in various environments. It's vast adaptation to different environments speaks to how easily it can adapt and grow in our homes.

  • Lowland and hill dipterocarp forest: characterized by large crowned dipterocarp trees. Lowland often has a very shaded understory of strata and shurbs. Hills are still relatively shady in the understory, but have more light on the East facing slopes. A good habitat for climbers and shurbs.

  • Mangrove: is a woody tree or shurb adapted to wet soils and salt water along shores, rivers, swamps and sheltered coastlines. Hoya are not always found here, but a few species are.

  • Limestone forest: as the name would suggest, a forest of limestone ground, often shallow and poor in nutrients, high in calcium and very well-drained. Often with a PH of 7-8.

pc: Lydia,

Hoya multiflora (mini leaves w/ splash)

Foliage Characteristics

  • Although epiphytic, this Hoya is characterized by it's branching/shurb like stem characteristics.

  • Foliage variations exist from green, variegated, silver and speckled.

Flower Characteristics

  • Unofficially this plant is called "shooting star" due to the distinct flowers.

  • Peduncles are short lived and do not rebloom on this species.

  • Blooms stay open for a long period, almost 2 weeks. Most frequently being observed at 10 days.

  • Scents have been observed to vary based on locality.


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