This Philodendron resembles the ‘Condor’ Philodendron, although unfortunately this one didn’t come with locality information. It is a true miniature, only getting as large as you see in this photo (leaves around 3″). The petioles are a light pink, while the main stem is green. Leaves have a red tint to them and are much redder if grown in bright light. It is a slow grower, only putting out a few new leaves every 4-6 months. Albeit slow, it doesn’t […]
There are three clones of this Dieffenbachia, all with slightly different leaf markings, and varying amounts of white. The largest any of these clones has grown is about ten inches, the other two staying around 5 inches. They are very slow, each mature specimen producing maybe one plant every other year.
While a small number of Rhodospathas have made it into the terrarium hobby, none are as special (at least in my eyes) as this unknown glaucous colored species from Peru. There is at least one species from Ecuador that wins in terms of brightness of color (that color being red), but even that one isn’t as exquisite as species Glaucous. Of course this statement is debatable, and comes down to personal tastes. The combination of the bright pink new growth that turns […]
Rhodospathas are a very overlooked genus for use in the terrarium. Many pretty ones come from Ecuador and Peru. Some were even introduced en masse via tissue culture over a decade ago, but are still not very often seen in terrariums. They are relatively slow growing, and are either small or willing to stay in the juvenile form. The new growths are usually colorful, adding a bit of color without overwhelming the plantings. Several cuttings growing up a branch or background would […]
I remember visiting Japanese aquarium stores well over a decade ago and being floored when I saw Bucephaladras for the first time. The diversity of what was available then in no way compares to the present. I remember sitting down and sharing a MacDonald’s “Filet O shrimp” (this is japan remember) and looking at photos of Bucephalandras in their natural Bornean habitat. Completely covering the rocks emerging from a little stream is where they look best. Their growth is much faster submerged and […]
This exceptional aroid is from Peru and is an incredibly small species. The leaves stay around 1/4 inch and grow in a shingling fashion (very tightly) and slowly. A 12 leaf piece is only about 1.5 inches long. It has winged petioles like a pteromeschium sector species. It took over two years to grow.