While reading up on this species, I came across this bit of information in a paper published by C.W.Lin & C.I Peng, “Material collected on recent expeditions to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi…There are 46 currently accepted Begonia species reported from the island (see Thomas et al., 2013, continuously updated), more than half of which have been described since 2005.” 23 new species since 2005, more than one per year just from this region! This Begonia was newly described in […]
These account for most of the species in my collection currently, excluding utter NOIDS. Aeschynanthus sp. Alsobia dianthiflora Andinia nummularia Andinia schizopogon Anthurium gracile Anthurium pentaphyllum Anthurium ‘Chirique Grande’ Anthurium corrugatum Anthurium sp. (from Richard VanIngen) Anthurium sp. Z Ardisia mamillata Ardisia sp. Pinky Asplenium aff. fragrans I Asplenium aff. fragrans II Asplenium holophlebium Asplenium stoloniferum Asplenium sp. Mindo Asplenium sp. Panama Asplenium Tingo Maria Asplenium sp. Mittens Asplenium sp. 1-3 from Ecuador Asplenium sp. Sauce Asplenium sp. Tiny Begonia […]
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 […]
Pellionia is a common houseplant and terrarium plant, suited to growing in a wide variety of conditions. It is often grown in a hanging basket, where it will develop thick cascading foliage. In a terrarium, it makes excellent ground cover, and will cover a substrate rather quickly. It also grows as a shingler if positioned to do so. It is one of the easiest plants to grow in a terrarium. It’s native to South-East Asia where it’s found in Vietnam, […]
As a collector, of information and plants, there is often an urge to organize, to categorize and put like plants with like plants (both informationally and physically). This is one such time where it backfired, certainly not the first, and definitely not the last. Most of my Selaginella species are only subtly different to my non-expert eyes, and now they are even more disorderly and difficult to distinguish (yes, there are pots in there, under that mess). At least they […]
This Selaginella was collected by Adam Black in the north central mountains of Taiwan. The elevation where it was found was approximately 1200M. This beautifully shaped Selaginella has hints of blue and red in it, especially at the tips. It maintains a standard ‘fern’ shape and is one of the more compact Selaginellas.
This beautiful filmy fern is one of the hardier species, and grows in nice compact colonies. The rhizomes are rather thick, and the fronds only stand 1-2″ tall. It has a very simple leaf structure, and like most filmys, likes it shady and wet. I don’t put any filmys in direct light, as their leaves burn easily. They do very well with ambient room light and I wouldn’t suggest putting them within at least two feet of any bright lights.