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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-11-2016, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Dark Green Riparium Vine? Hoya?

I found a very dark green vine house plant, it is not a Pothos but it has white specks. The leaves are thick and waxy, they are so dark I can see why it was thriving behind a closed shade it absorbs a lot of light and reflects little. I stuck a short stretch in my riparium planter to see if it will catch and grow up above the lights where they dont get any direct light but I am curious the ID?


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let me see if I can ID this for you, teebo......sent the picture to a buddy of mine who's really good at these types of species.
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Looks to me like a hoya, though I can't venture a guess as to which kind.
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Nice call Artemesia. My friend also seems to believe this is a species of Hoya. He suggests also trying to root it using damp sphagnum moss, if you are able to.

Could be Hoya obovata....teebo, could you take a picture of the vine, by chance, as well?

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Hoya! Great suggestion that has got to be the family! Unfortunately after researching Hoya they are prone to over watering under low lighting...so I am not sure if it will rot in my riparium but I am currently running a trial.

Obovata seems very close but the shape is off the leaves are not that round, here is a picture of the mother plant below

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I have a small piece currently being tested in my quarantine tank, no wilting or drooping so far:



The very first leaf is quite low above the water surface and the water breaks against the side of this basket right under the first leaf from my HOB filter so I am sure it gets very humid under that leaf this is a good test to push its tolerance of humidity with those thick waxy leafs!



I have the stem poking through the bottom of the basket so I can monitor it for rot, within 1 day I saw tiny hairs shooting off the end I assume are roots and not tank garbage. We will see!
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