July 2011


This species comes from southern Africa; it is reasonably easy to grow and is very popular because of its large flowers. The flowering period is July-October. Because of the thick ring around the centre of the flower, it is also listed as one of the ‘lifebuoy Huernias’.
The plant requires a minimum temperature of 10-15°C in winter to do well. It is easily propagated by cuttings which can be left to dry for about a week or so before planting. In the greenhouse it prefers to be kept in the shade as too much exposure to the sun can cause burning.
Not all experts class this subspecies as magnifica, but as ssp. zebrina, but they all mean the same plant. If you want to read more about this species, see: P.V. Bruyns, Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar, volume 1, pp. 168-172.

 

Huernia zebrina var. magnifica

Huernia zebrina var. magnifica

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This is of the unnamed species that I have in my collection. It is a climbing species which climbs to the top of the greenhouse where it will flower, so grab a ladder if you want to see them. It can take plenty of heat and light. It is a fairly easy species to grow despite a liking for warm conditions. Do not worry about the drops that will fall down from the flowers; they are nectar drops. Just make sure you do not place the plant above your favourite piece of antique furniture.
The plant is easily propagated by cuttings, preferably taken in July when they will root without bottom heat.

 

Hoya sp. Sarawak GPS 10073

Hoya sp. Sarawak GPS 10073