This Brazilian native is unique for a few reasons. It is tuberous species, but does not have a dormancy period, and can even flower year round. Its leaves also are covered in a sticky residue that makes your own fingers self-sticky after touching it. I’m sure theres another word for it, but somewhere between waxy and sticky. The flowers are bright orange-red and the stems and abaxial leaf surfaces are covered in thicky, wooly hairs (that also give off the […]
This is a new Begonia species to the hobby, still unidentified to my knowledge, from West Kalimantan in Borneo. Here is the plant newly propagated via leaf cutting, growing in sphagnum. Update this Begonia is turning out to be a real stunner! After switching it out of sphag and into a soil mix, it has tripled in size in about two months and is about to flower. I talk about sphagnum conspiracy here, involving nutritional deficiencies with Begonias kept on […]
Begonia darthvaderiana was discovered in 2013 near West Kalimantan. It slightly resembles Begonia chlorosticta in its growth, and it’s temperamental nature. It has been making its way into the hobby gradually over the past year, and I am happy to now be growing this species. This species should be grown in terrarium culture only, not an open-air environment. Like many of the more sensitive Begonias, care should be taken not to leave water standing on the leaves, but rather, moistening […]
B. metallicolor is in the Petermannia section, and is native to Padawan, Sarawak, Borneo. It resembles B. nagaensis in the iridescence, but the flowers differ. Like B. darthvaderiana, metallicolor is found in low elevation dipterocarp forest. It is a rather small species, growing to just under 12 inches, but it often stays smaller. The leaves are strongly iridescent and can appear blue, teal, green, and even purple. The plant below seems to be doing well, but also has some sort […]
This beautiful Peperomia hails from southern Ecuador and only reaches about 6″ tall. It maintains a pretty shape, with leaves getting subtly larger towards the tips. The leaf venation is silvery white, and the underlying foliage. Stems are bright red.
The genus this plant belongs to is somewhat unclear but it has been suggested to be a Drymonia. It has flowered for at least one person, but I can’t for the life of me find the picture.Whatever it is, it seems to be one of those that either does really well and grows vigorously or is very finicky. Once established, it is fast, and can get much larger than pictured here (leaves a few inches long). It climbs up a […]
This Southeast Asian native forms hard succulent leaves that fix themselves flat to a wood surface. If grown in bright light, the leaves are more reddish. It can be grown as a house plant or vivarium plant. If planted in a vivarium, it should be allowed to dry out between waterings. The flowers of imbricata are very small, a pale creamy-yellow, however this particular plant has pink flowers. So, it’s ID is a mystery for now.
This easy to grow species occurs throughout South and Central America. The leaves reach about 1.5 inches long (and not so wide). It is a wonderful species to use if you’d like a cascade of green over a branch, as it has a tendency to grow pendently when planted up high. Stems are ruby red most of the time but fade to pink in the shade. It is a vigorous species that can be grown as a houseplant so long […]
This small rosette forming Peperomia is a wonderful terrarium specimen, only reaching 6-8 inches and having a very compact growth habit. It is easy to grow and has wonderfully marked leaves, with a wide silvery-green stripe down the midvein, and dark maroon and red on the rest of the leaf. Peperomia metallica is a Colombian species, but this one looks a bit different from the standard metallica so I am unsure if this one also originates from Colombia. Either way, […]