Begonia (sect. Gobenia) sp. Lita, Ecuador

This is probably the easiest Gobenia (also known as Goo-bernias, for their tendency to melt…) to grow in the terrarium.  It also handles being moved better than most from this group.  Once established, it grows rather quickly.  The leaves on this species are between .5-1 inch wide and long, and the stems are a pretty light pink/red.  It will grow well over a well drained substrate, creating a dense mat, or it will grow up a vertical surface (usually stays under 16″ if the surface is entirely vertical).

As with all Gobenias, it’s best to handle them as little as possible.  Doing a bleach dip or anything like that is strongly cautioned against.  It is also best not to mist or water them until they are well established, as standing water on their leaves is enough to cause them to melt overnight.  In my experience, it’s best to put them in a closed bin with pre-moistened sphagnum, lie the stem delicately down, and forget about them for a few months.  They do not like to be moved, so try to resist prodding them.