I’ve never seen it growing along the leaf venation like this before, and wonder if more nutrients are available in these areas for their ability to hold water and sediment. It reminds me of an experiment in which oats (a favorite slime mold food) were oriented to resemble the way cities are scattered around Tokyo. The slime mold’s path to consuming the oats was refined in a matter of hours to bear a strong resemblance the Tokyo public transit system. […]
To my knowledge there were only twelve plants of this that came into the United States from Panama. It is reminiscent of the Dicranopygium from Kuna Yala. This species came in as a group of seedlings and it seems as if only one was ever sold, and a handful of others were distributed among friends. I received two of these plants, and have now had them about three years. They were more or less the same size at first. Per […]
This incredible plant occurs throughout India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is classified as critically endangered, but in the hobby it is a well known, only somewhat rare plant. There are two different leaf forms depending on growing conditions. When climbing, leaves are heart shaped and plastered to the growing surface. When the plant gets so large growing on a tree that it moves off the tree, the leaves become more elongated and in isolation are more […]
This distinctively marked Marcgravia (no pun intended) is from Ecuador and seems to be one of the easier species to grow, and is rather quick once established. The intense white leaf venation gets more dramatic as the plant matures, with new foliage looking rather bland in comparison. The maroon stem offers a nice contrast.
Ranitomeya uakarii have have only been legally available recently through Understory Enterprises, although in the past the pressure on wild populations due to smuggling is estimated to have been low. Their range is rather large, and they have been found throughout the Amazon basin in southern and central Peru, western Brazil, Colombia, and central Guyana. They are a more terrestrial species of Ranitomeya, but will utilize vertical space in a terrarium, especially if there are tall broad leafed plants. In my […]
A slight departure from what’s normally posted here, but, eventually I’d like to have an archive of drought tolerant evergreen plants (focusing on the glaucous species) in addition to the tropical species. Most of the plants below were obtained from Cistus Nursery and Xera, located in Sauvie Island and SE Portland respectively.
This is one of the most widely distributed jumpers in the US, and commonly referred to as the ‘Bold Jumping Spider’. Males reach 6-13mm, and females 9-18mm. The one below was found in my house, climbing on the walls. Immediately when put into a jar with two crickets, she hunted and consumed them both within a few hours, and her girth doubled. This one has particularly nice blue chelicera.
This miniature species only reaches about 4 inches tall, and the leaves stay under an inch. It’s rosette forming and is easy to grow, but also prone to melting. This species prefers a shadier location compared to most Peperomias, and does especially well with a coco choir substrate.