Begonia quadrialata subsp. nimbaensis is an African species with dramatic red leaf venation, on an otherwise bright green leaf. It stays small and can be slow to establish. The plant below is living in a terrarium for Heterixalus madagascariensis in 100% unfired infield clay.
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.
This small trailing begonia has ruby red stems and nice speckled leaves. The underlying leaf color is a greenish-purple, and speckling is a much lighter silvery-green. Leaves stay around an inch and maintain nice compact growth across the substrate.
This is a shallow 1 gallon bowl housing various unidentified Bucephalandra. The substrate is a thin layer of turface, with some lava rock and wood as a growing surface for the plants. It gets medium light and has nearly no ventilation. I believe some of these are ‘brownie’ type Buces. An Aridarium species pictured below, which has grown considerably in the past few months. It enjoys the same conditions as the other plants, with wet feet and room to grow […]
This pretty Pearcea has serrated silvery-mint colored leaves. In certain conditions the edges will bronze. Like many Pearcea, this is a fast-growing species. It occurs in Ecuador and perhaps elsewhere in South America. It can reach heights of nearly 12″ but often stays smaller if given ample light and nutrients.
This unique Pothos species is new to the US hobby and is native to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. I have not seen it offered for sale in the US. It resembles Pothos barberianus in it’s leaf venation, but is significantly larger even in it’s immature form. It is a shingling species that can grow quite tall in nature (21ft). The leaves have hovered around 1″ in terrarium culture for me, but aroid.org has leaves reaching 9″ in nature. It’s hard […]
This unusual Melastome hails from Madagascar and has leaves that stay around 1/3 inch. It does well in a hanging basket or mounted, but also does well as a foreground plant provided the substrate is well-drained. For me, it has been a slow-growing but hardy species. The flowers are magenta-purple with white pistils and are large in comparison to the foliage.