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hoya sp. square leaf now has a name?

Posted by sberg (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 26, 11 at 9:11

There's a message on Joni's website indicating Hoya sp. square leaf is now Hoya rotundiflora....does anyone know anything about this? I noticed there's already a Hoya rotundifolia, which might be confusing...anyhow, I found it interesting but was hoping for more information...thanks to anyone who can share...

Shelley


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RE: hoya sp. square leaf now has a name?

Found this.

Here is a link that might be useful: sp. rotundiflora


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RE: hoya sp. square leaf now has a name?

Wow GG, that was like magic they way you did that! Thanks! And very interesting too....

Shelley


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I'm NOT a big fan of that new name for Sp. square,lol...maybe it will grow on me? I prefer the old name personally.

GG, I sent you an email...please lmk if you didn't get it? Thanks!


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I had noticed the recent verification of the name Hoya rotundiflora and although it is aptly named I think most of us think immediately about the unique leaf shape of this species vs those little round ball like flowers.

Mike


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I agree--the name makes sense to me...the flowers are round (rotund) and do look a lot like a rotunda (think Capital dome)...I'm not sure what the Latin for "square" is, but I suppose they could have named it after the leaf instead of the flower...I was especially interested to note that it's related to H. thompsonii...I can see that too...


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hoya sp. square leaf now named?

The name is not necessarily new and may have been published in the past with only now having this still relatively newly collected plant identified.

Mike


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I think the name is new---look at GG's link...the taxonomy lists "Hoya rotundiflora, Rodda & Simonsson, sp. nov. and it's referred to as an "undescribed species"...it did not appear on the one check list of flora from Myanmar that currently exists...It sounds like Rodda and Simonsson actually came up with a new name for a new species...


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Yeah it helps when I actually look at the link, sorry GG.
This is in fact a newly published name then, thanks Sberg. :)

Mike


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I am also partial to the unofficial name sp. square leaf. Isn't that just what we deserve for complaining all the time that no one has gotten around to publishing such a cute plant? Now that it's published we have to complain that it wasn't named the way we want it. xD I was going through the same thought process as Shelley(e.g. What's Latin for square) on the walk to work.

lol Shelley. It was a bit like magic on my end, too. The first link I clicked had exactly what I wanted. It's always a bit eerie when the internet behaves too much. :P

I was gratified to hear it's related to thompsonii, as I've compared the two before, and subsequently wondered if I was just thinking like a n00b. I've come a long ways, but I still haven't gotten my expert eyes yet.


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