Pileas sp. Rio Blanco

by Chuck Nishihira

In the Rio Blanco area of the Cordillera del Condor, there is a nice assortment of Pilea species, not unlike many other areas in Ecuador.  In the past, a handful of nice species were available to the terrarium hobbyist.  But mostly they have been under-rated and poorly represented. Especially when compared against their diversity and abundance in their native places. Here are just a few photos of different species occurring in a small area.