Biophytum sp.

This particular plant came from Rob’s Violet Barn, and did not come with locality information.  It reaches about 6-8″ across, and thrives in swampy conditions.  In the wild Biophytums are often found alongside streams or in flood-zones, so make excellent riparium or paludarium subjects.  Additionally, they are useful plants to use for seasonal breeding frogs, as they can grow in shallow water.

In my experience it takes over a year (closer to two) for seedlings to grow to full size, which is rather slow for a Biophytum.  It also doesn’t seem to bloom as often as other Biophytum species, but is easily propagated via leaf cuttings (Biophytum propagation).  It grows much faster and develops a more robust appearance when kept in terrariums, and with clay substrate.  The root structures of young plants can be delicate, so it’s important not to move them too early.  As mature plants they are quite hardy and can withstand daily trampling by larger frogs.

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