Family: Asclepiadaceae (Apocynaceae according to some classifications) Habitat: Southern Africa Cultivation: It needs full sunshine, sandy and light soil to keep slightly damp (while being [...]


This name comes from Justin Heurnius, a Dutch  missionary of XIIth century, who is thought to have been the first to be interested in collecting and classifying the plants of the Capo di Buona [...]


The name of these plants is a hymn to friendship: the botanist Robert Brown, who classified them during the eighteenth century, called Hoya in honor of his friend Thomas Hoy (and botanical lover).


The plants of the Hoodia genus have a certain esternal similarity with cacti, although in reality it is a plant belonging to a totally different family (to Asclepiads, and in particular to the [...]