Our good friend, the great plant breeder, Dr. Reynold “Rey Pee” Pimentel, who is engrossed in making Hoya crosses, sent us pretty pictures of an endemic species that bears flowers with lemony scent night and day.
The speices was named after the family of a long time friend, the late Dr. Leodegario “Ody” Ilag who was with the Department of Agricultural Economics of the College of Agriculture at UPLB. Called Hoya ilagiorum, the original plant was collected on Sept. 19, 2009 at 300 meters above sea level in Mt. Mabilog, Nagcarlan, Laguna. Later it was also discovered in Gen. Nakar, Infanta, Quezon and in Polillo Island.
The above information about H. ilagiorum is from the book of another friend of ours, Fernando Biglang-awa Aurigue, titled “A Collection of Philippine Hoyas and their Culture.” He is with the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.
Rey Pee has additional info about H. ilagiorum. He says that the species is noted for its vivid reddish orange corolla that turns into deep raspberry red. Flower lasts for 3 to 4 days. The corona is raised with light pink with darker edging at the base