ISI 2007-23. Hoya curtisii King & Gamble

This is a tropical succulent requiring more year-round warmth than most of our collection. Nevertheless, its stiff, cardboard-like leaves and seeming indifference to mild drought imply the CAM metabolism found in the more succulent hoyas. In this case, the leaves are only about 1 cm in diameter, dime-like and orbicular except for the elegantly attenuate tip. They are arranged in orderly opposite pairs and bear silvery trichomes in a cryptic pattern resembling lichen encrusted bark. The species is native to Peninsular Malaysia where it grows as an epiphyte. Rooted cuts of HBG 95217, a plant from UC Davis without further data. $10.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 79 (2), March - April, 2007