This plant has been sold in Asia under the name ‘versicolor red and black’, however, I have not seen any evidence to confirm it as versicolor. It is a newer species to cultivation, whatever it is. It does resemble versicolor in the compact growth habit, but it grows its rhizome in more of a trailing […]
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 […]
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, […]
This Marcgravia is very rare, and has only become recently available in the hobby. It came labeled as aff. coriacae ‘Melon’ and is from Ecuador. So far it has been one of the slowest species to grow. The color is an exceptional pink, with slightly green edges. The leaf is a beautiful oval shape, and […]
This cute little Peperomia is found in Peru and Ecuador, and perhaps elsewhere in South America. Its leaves only grow to be about 1″, and the entire plant stays under 6″ in my experience. Perhaps given something to lean on, it could get a little taller. It is tolerant of a wide variety of terrarium […]
This robust Pilea is from Ecuador and has a nice metallic leaf, reminisce of Pilea ‘chartreuse’ Ecuador, but with more green. It can get quite tall, over 10″ and is very typical of what you see all over central and South America growing in lower elevation forest.
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.
A more elaborate frond than the true ankersii, this one is also painfully slow and has an even thinner membrane than ankersii. The fronds are about 3″ but only stand an inch off the ground as they are kept low by the weight of the fronds.
by Chuck Nishihira