This is a new Begonia species to the hobby, still unidentified, from Kalimantan in Borneo. Not much is known about its growth. I will update this page in the future when I have kept it for longer. For now, it’s mature size is a mystery.
This exceptional variant of B. versicolor is different from the standard versicolor primarily in the color and width of the striping. It is named after Charlot Teng. In the standard versicolor the leaf venation is red, with mostly green foliage. This one has thicker, more purple banding over the leaf venation. The in-between is minty-green. The texture also seems a bit more velvety than the standard type, maybe due to smaller hairs on the foliage. It is a compact species […]
This beautiful little Begonia is well suited to any size terrarium, with leaves that reach no more than 3″, on stems only slightly longer (4″). The texture of the leaves is mildly corrugated. Flowers are bright yellow and occur in abundance on a mature plant. It is a hybrid created by Mike Kartuz using Begonia microsperma and Begonia prismatocarpa. The flowers, which bloom throughout the year,
In the past five years there have been a number of small vines coming out of South America, mostly from Ecuador. This is the third of this type that I keep, and is distinguished by the three point serration on each leaf. The two other types are very similar, bright green and very small leaves, one from Peru and a second Ecuadorian species. Overall it seems to be a rather slow growing group of plants, but once acclimated they can […]
This cane-like Begonia derives its name from amphi, meaning two ways, and oxys, meaning sharp. It refers to the strange leaves being pointed at two ends. It is native to only two limestone hills in Sabah (Batu Punggul and Tinahas). Leaves are edged in a reddish-purple and covered in red dots which are subtly raised at the center. Mature leaves have a slightly undulated edge, but new leaves are more dramatically undulated with a yellow leaf underlying the red dots. […]
This wonderful Rhodospatha from Ecuador has exceptional purple foliage. It is rather large compared to the Rhodospathas I’ve seen but is still rather small. The leaves reach about 2.5-4 inches, and stay a beautiful silvery purple. Before new leaves unfurl, they appear red. It likes to climb, and I can’t imagine it would do very well without a vertical surface to grow up, for the size and weight of the leaves.
A dwarf Begonia from Western Africa, this rhizomatous species only grows to about 3-4 inches. It has striking red leaf venation that looks especially pretty with a cast of sunlight from behind. It’s a thick venation, bright red, against lime green leaves. The edges of the leaf are covered in small hairs and have micro-undulations. Flowers are a bright yellow. It can be slow to establish. The plant below is living in a terrarium for Heterixalus madagascariensis in 100% unfired infield […]
This is a large Marcgravia from Ecuador, not coriacae but somewhat similar. It is easy to grow and puts out moderate growth once acclimated. New leaves are yellow-green but loose the yellow quickly. Like all Marcgravias, it does best when given room to climb.