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Feb 8, 2019 1:25 PM CST
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Dallas, TX

I am new to this forum and hoping someone can help me identify this mystery plant I inherited from a coworker.
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As you can is struggling quite a bit. I'd like to identify it so I can revive it Smiling I've already removed the worst looking leaves that had obvious damage. In the pictures you can see that the remaining leaves are curled under and wrinkled in texture.

After googling for quite a but of time, I'm wondering if it is a Xerosicyos perrieri? The thing throwing me off is that some of the leaves come to a soft point while others are completely rounded. And I can't tell how thick the leaves are supposed to be since it's barely hanging on to life.

Here are some closeups of the leaves:
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One last thing....
It appears it was potted in a clay pot designed for orchids (bottom drainage hole with 4 long/slender cut-outs on the sides) with orchid potting mix (peat moss and chunky bark). I have a feeling that could be part of the problem?


Thank you in advance for your time and help! Smiling
Feb 8, 2019 3:38 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Hi steko, Welcome!

My first thought as to the identification is possibly a variety of Hoya, or Dischidia. The potting medium appears to have chunky bits in it which is good and will help with aeration and proper drainage but Terra Cotta dries out fairly quickly so I wonder if perhaps the plant has been lacking in sufficient moisture/water. Depending on the size of the root system, the container may be too large which could also cause watering issues.

Hopefully someone will recognize your plant and be able to offer more exact care instructions.
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Feb 8, 2019 4:04 PM CST
San Francisco Bay area (Zone 9a)
It looks a lot like Hoya bilobata. Maybe post this over on the Hoya forum too.
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Feb 8, 2019 4:45 PM CST
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Thank you plantladylin & Iochroma for your replies!

I actually ran across both the Hoya and Dischidia during my googling. But the following pic of the Xerosicyos perrieri is what made me stray from those. I felt it looked very similar.

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Here's the link where I found the photo:

I'll check out the Hoya Bilobata and Dischidia more. Perhaps it could be one of those. Thanks for the suggestion to post on the Hoya forum. I'll try that too.
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Feb 8, 2019 4:51 PM CST
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Iochroma said:It looks a lot like Hoya bilobata. Maybe post this over on the Hoya forum too.

I'll have to try posting to the Hoya forum later. It says I have to wait before opening additional threads since I'm a new member Smiling
Feb 8, 2019 8:21 PM CST
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Feb 9, 2019 8:50 AM CST
San Francisco Bay area (Zone 9a)
Xerosicyos has alternate leaf arrangement, and many tendrils. Your plant is a Hoya.
Feb 9, 2019 7:20 PM CST
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I agree, a Hoya.
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