Monday, July 28, 2014

Hoya pubicalyx

Most of you are aware of my present addiction. It is difficult to be afflicted by this, which is similar to a severe disease. Some people even say it is very contagious, so we normally warn friends and colleagues who also intend to try this product. This is my hoya addiction!

The plants and garden are at home in my province, and i can't just normally drop by every afternoon after office hours. It takes at least 4-5 hours to go home, so the most normal routine for me is going home every other week. However, just recently i made it a point, no matter how tired I am during the weekdays, to go home every weeked. And that is to keep track of my hoyas blooming for the first time. Seeing them change morphology from opening till a few days before they drop is also very interesting.

 This is Hoya pubicalyx that i watched opening from the first flower till all the flowers are open. It is a consolation to be doing just that, watch and shoot!

They normally open in the late afternoon, and starts emitting scents on the process. That is to attract insects for pollination, and the scent is even magnified at night luring the nocturnal insects like moths. 

The flower buds take a longer time, from a few weeks to months from emergence to blooming. But even just the buds are consolation enough and very nice to photographs. This species is known to produce big almost round umbels, that really catch the fancy of both plain gardeners and addicts alike. 

 Look at that small insect nymph, it somehow take shelter on the safety of its pedicels (flower stalk). I just don't know if it is an enemy or just resting there. If it is a sucking insect, most probably it is an enemy.

 Two plants adjacent to each other and flowering at the same time or simultaneously is a sight to behold. And the scent near them is a bit overpowering to the senses. The beauty of this species is the long number of days before they fell. For 7-8 days they are there expressing their beauty and lure passers-by!

What about you, aren't you a hoya addict yet? I warned you! It is very contagious.