Dischdia are milkweed relatives native to Asia. D. pectinoides has a symbiotic relationship with ants, which live in it’s hollow pods and protect against parasitic insects. Organic matter from the ants is used as nutrients which the plant consumes. The pods are only developed on mature plants, and usually there are only a small number present even on plants of considerable size. The foliage of normal leaves is small, around 1/2 inch long and slightly less wide. This plant can […]
This is likely the most widely available Dischidia, and also goes by the name “Million Hearts’. The leaves stay very small, about 1/3 -1/2 inch, cascading out of a basket to make a showy robust plant. The flowers are small and white, and occur singly on the main stem. This species is from the Phillipines and enjoys high humidity and good drainage. It can be grown in a basket or mounted epiphytically.
This rhizomatous Begonia is a cross between bowerae var. nigramarga x violifolia. It is an easy keeper with leaves that stay between 2-3″. It has a slight iridescence to it, and can be grown in rather dark conditions. So far I’ve only grow it in a terrarium but it might do well in open air too. The leaves are bright green and the stems are red.
This one has long lost it’s tag. It is an easy grower, and likes to be mounted to treefern without much or any sphagnum. It’s tolerant of rather stagnant conditions, and thrives in high humidity. I have not had good success with orchids, but this one has given me no trouble and could likely be grown as a house plant as well.
This miniature fern only grows to about 1.5 inches tall, forming dense matts in the terrarium given time. It prefers to be mounted to something, rather than growing on the foreground. Treefern poles work wonderfully, as do cork and treefern flats, and likely most other wood surfaces. This species enjoys high humidity, with some opportunity for the leaves to dry out between waterings. It is found in Borneo.
There are two forms of cf. U577, this is the green one. It is a trailing species from Thailand introduced in 2009, and is easy to grow, but prone to bronzing imperfections on the leaf. The leaves stay under 5″ and are defined by a broad silver green stripe that radiates out. Between this marking is are sections of dark green and maroon.
This pretty trailing species stays on the small side (with 4-5″ leaves) and is easy to grow. It was introduced in 2009 and is from Thailand. It forms a small rosette and then sends out runners, which can get quite long.
This is a new species to cultivation as of 2019 and has yet to be formally named or identified. The red stems and glaucous maroon leaves create a very striking appearance. I have had it in my collection less than a year, so cannot say for sure how large it gets, but I am guessing it stays under 10″. It is a slower species that I have been growing exclusively on moist sphagnum in terrarium conditions. Like many Begonias from […]
This used to be a subspecies of B. masoniana but was named a separate species in 2005. It looks somewhat similar to B. picturata as well, with that red hand-shaped marks on the leaves. This species has more maroon foliage when young (as pictured here) but greens with age. It reaches about 14″ diameter and is from China.