Some of the newly available Asian species to the US are Elatostema species, a rarely seen genus in the terrarium hobby. This one is from Borneo, and so far has been an easy, albeit, slow species. The leaves have a sticky texture, although no secretions are given off, and no discernible residue is left on the skin. It’s intensely corrugated leaves have reached about 4″ long thus far, but I’ve not had it more than a year so cannot say […]
This lobe type Sonerila is from Borneo, and so far has only attained a leaf size of about 4″. New leaves come out bright pink and very very slowly grow out into longer lobed leaves. Mine flowered shortly after I received it, but the seed pods were already dry. If anyone has experience with collecting seeds of this species and cares to share their experiences, please post below or contact me.
This Sonerila has started coming in via some plant sellers out of Asia recently. I’ve only had it a few months, so can’t say much about it, other than the necessity of monitoring it closely for the first few weeks. The plant below came in with few roots (maybe none? can’t recall), and wilted multiple times the first week. It’s in a completely sealed bin with moist sphagnum and 100% humidity. Despite this, the stem would go completely limp, with […]
This exceptional variant of B. versicolor is different from the standard versicolor primarily in the color and width of the striping. It is named after Charlot Teng. In the standard versicolor the leaf venation is red, with mostly green foliage. This one has thicker, more purple banding over the leaf venation. The inbetween is minty-green. The texture also seems a bit more velvety than the standard type, maybe due to smaller hairs on the foliage. It is a compact species […]
This Hoya is referred to as the ‘Cinnamon Scented Wax Plant’ for it’s fragrant cinnamon blooms. Flowers are pale yellow and bloom often. Like many Hoyas, it does well in a hanging basket. It is a hardy species that can be grown in a well-ventilated terrarium or as a house plant. In the summer it benefits from being grown outdoors in partial sun or shade. If grown in a full sun location the newest stems will often dry out and […]
This Bulbophyllum species is abundant where it occurs and found throughout Asia. As indicated by its species name, it is a fragrant bloomer! (rare for a Bulbophyllum). It likes shady conditions, with a few hours of good sun at most. Like most Bulbophyllums, it does well in terrarium conditions.
This is a new species to cultivation as of 2019 and has yet to be formally named or identified. The red stems and glaucous maroon leaves create a very striking appearance. I have had it in my collection less than a year, so cannot say for sure how large it gets, but I am guessing it stays under 10″. It is a slower species that I have been growing exclusively on moist sphagnum in terrarium conditions. Like many Begonias from […]
This used to be a subspecies of B. masoniana but was named a separate species in 2005. It looks somewhat similar to B. picturata as well, with that red hand-shaped marks on the leaves. This species has more maroon foliage when young (as pictured here) but greens with age. It reaches about 14″ diameter and is from China.
This exceptional species is new to cultivation and as its name would indicate, covered in mountainous bumps (bullae). It is distinctly patterned with wide silvery white striping along the largest leaf veins. Between are olive-purple bullae which fade to a more silvery-green with age. This is a slower growing species, found growing on limestone slopes in Vietnam.