OT forum: Mystery solved.....

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Jun 3, 2010 11:00 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Hoya names can take turns and twists...and there usually is an answer:

I got an email from a woman in Australia who wondered if H. santa had a final name. ????? I asked for a picture and it was H. cumingiana. Asking Ted if he knew any pieces to this puzzle, he said there was a H. cumingiana from Santos in the Philippines which would have travelled with it....


Everything got dropped by the Santos which became santa. Yes...there is an explanation for almost everything. Rolling my eyes.
Leap. The net will appear.
Jun 4, 2010 9:55 AM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
The name Santos should have traveled with it and must have gotten dropped or changed along the way somewhere!

Not only Hoya names but names for other plants as well ... things get so mixed up when folks drop parts of names or give plants "cutsey", "common" or "nicknames", it just adds to the confusion. I know some folks don't think the true plant name is all that important, but to me it is. I always think, what will be happening 25, 50 or more years from now when the proper name is totally lost? If one doesn't know the origins of the plant, or even where in the world it came from ... how will they know the care required to keep the plant alive and thriving? It's a throw away world we've lived in for awhile now, I just hope future generations will be a bit better regarding plants and the environment than some of us in this generation have been.

I don't mean to sound persnickety ... I have some cutsey names for a couple of my own plants. I have a Rhipsalis I bought as a tiny little plant at a grocery store many years ago. I had no idea what it was and for 20 years called it "My Green Bean Plant" because the growth habit reminded me of green beans. When I found the DG website 4 years ago and learned that you could post a plant photo on-line for identification, I learned the identity of my Rhipsalis. I still call it my green bean plant but have the correct label/tag on it now.

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