Identification forum: Correct Identifications

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AlohaHoya
Jun 2, 2013 11:12 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
IF having 100% correct identification of your hoya is critical to you, I suggest the following:

DO NOT trade with other collectors and only buy your Hoyas from the 3 or four sellers who attempt to correctly label their plants - Liddles Nursery, Ted Green, Alex in France and the Swedish collectors. These are the only people I know who actually GO TO collection sites, research the names, and actively seek out as much information as possible. These are the folks I get my Hoyas from and even then I wait until it blooms to verify what I have.

ACCEPT the fact that it NOT going to happen.



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dobrzynd
Jun 3, 2013 11:09 AM CST
Carol, did something happen??!?!?

This is an interesting topic .... especially when the words "critically important to you" are used. If I'm looking for a particular plant, I want to be fairly certain it is what it says it is before I buy it, but if one isn't going to the source than it's impossible to know sometimes........It really comes down to taking a chance sometimes. However, what is amazing is what people out there are selling or trading that clearly in no way shape or form is what it says it is.....and the misspellings! UGH!

AlohaHoya
Jun 3, 2013 3:53 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
My thoughts were prompted by a growing awareness of people having the wrong names for their plants. I see plants on Ebay mislabeled. I have nothing 'untowards' to say about any growers in the US...there are good ones (K&G, SRQ to name a couple) but if someone buys a plant, they should know what that plant looks like before they buy it and/or not complain if the plant isn't what they ordered. I get emails all of the time with a picture of a leaf asking if it really is Hoya XYZ....? No one can really tell anything from one leaf...

There are many many sites on the internet with lots of information...some of it good, some horrible. Just beware. There are lots of vendors that have popped up in Thailand, trying to cash in on hoya collectors (I see them on ebay and then I read the horror stories on facebook).

Mine was more a reminder to everyone to do their homework....
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dobrzynd
Jun 4, 2013 6:30 AM CST
Gotcha! I love the ebay listings that put disclaimers in --- indicating that this was what the plant was labeled when they purchased it! Translation-----"if it ain't what I say it is, it ain't my fault!"
Imageogolland
Jun 4, 2013 8:45 AM CST
Name: Olesya Golland
New Jersey
dobrzynd ....too funny. Rolling on the floor laughing
AlohaHoya
Jun 4, 2013 9:21 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Whistling
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Imageyaramolong
Jun 18, 2013 2:02 PM CST
Name: dorothy green
hawaii
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trouble is, there are differences of opinion re the identificaton of certain Hoyas. that's not going to change. ( For instance, H. vitellinioides and H. meredithii. ) So, what do we do if we get a companulata from Sweden, and the same plant is called wallichii, and someone else says it's H. cystiantha.?? Torrill says its important to keep the name that came with it. That's true I think. As for the above Hoyas. Our H.cystiantha has bloomed the same way for over 20 years, smaller than companulata, soft peach colour, flower different shape, more cone shaped, and completely consistent each time it blooms. As does H.companulata and H. danumensis. I think in the case of those known Hoyas that people argue about, we can only keep all the synonoms in our minds, or on tags on the plant.
Dorothy.
AlohaHoya
Jun 18, 2013 3:29 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Agreed, Dorothy.... It's not always possible to have the definitive name of a plant because the name, itself, may have been questionable from the beginning. Some plants are being called a name and that name hasn't even been published yet! I think the important thing here is to be aware/to know your hoya...know what other names it has been called, why it may have had different names and know that the plant really doesn't care what the name is. Whistling

Also...a name can change or be changed in the time between when you buy a plant and when you get it. This is a murkey area because it is dependent upon people's points of view...and we know how that goes.... Glare

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