Photos 1 - 3, rooted cutting with 1 leaf (potted) $350
Photos 4 - 7, rooted cutting with 2 leaves (in hydroton) $400
Photos 8 - 11, rooted cutting with 3-5 leaves $500
Photos 12 - 15 the mother plant.
INFORMATION ABOUT THIS HOYA
Hoya macgillivrayi is named in honour of Dr William David Kerr Macgillivray (1867-1933), a physician and eminent ornithologist and naturalist who carried out several important expeditions to north Queensland, and who collected the type specimen.
Hoya macgillivrayi, a strong succulent climber endemic to the Iron Range - McIlwraith Range area of Cape York Peninsula. In its natural habitat it climbs to reach the light in the canopy above and thrives in the strong light of the tree tops or along open creeks.
Hoya macgillivrayi is a fast-growing root climber and twiner with thick, oval, pointed leaves which are light green and set opposite each other on the twining stems. The flowers are up to 8 cm wide on long stalks and are borne in umbels of six to ten flowers radiating from a central axis. A rich burgundy in colour, they are made up of five sepals and five waxy petals. The stamens are enclosed by a fleshy appendage called a corona. The fruit matures to a pair of pendulous follicles up to 25 cm long which split open when ripe to release the flattish wind-distributed seeds.
This decorative plant can be grown in a sheltered, semi-shaded position in warm humid areas where it can be trained against a wall or framework. In colder climates it can be cultivated as a glasshouse plant or as a container plant for the patio or indoors. A cylindrical wire frame around which the vine can be twined is effective.
This plant will not tolerate stagnant soil conditions and a loose, friable, peaty soil mixture with good drainage is essential. During winter the plant should be kept dry. Container plants can be grown in a mixture of peat and sand or sandy loam to which a slow release fertiliser and a little lime has been added. For maximum flowering, plants should not be overfed. An application of a slow release fertiliser at nine-monthly intervals is adequate.