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 striking rhizomatous Begonia is an easy keeper in the terrarium. It can grow to 8″ tall, with leaves 2″ wide and 4″ or so long. It was originally collected by Rekha Morris in Northern India. The stems are quite long on this one.
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 […]
Marcgravia rectiflora has been in cultivation for over a decade, long before the ‘Marcgravia wave’ hit. It is native to Cuba and perhaps the easiest Marcgravia to grow. It is tolerant of a wide range of conditions and grows very quickly over a background or piece of wood.
This charming little Marcgravia is a smaller species, capable of producing larger leaves in terrarium conditions but most often keeping the 1/4 leaves. Foliage is a nice scalloped shape with purple new growth. As the plant matures, it will take on a purple-green.