This is a Begonia collected in Jalau, a small town in Sarawak (Borneo). It has been making the rounds in Asia for the past year or two but has not been sold in number in the United States. It is a taller species that is prone to falling over when it reaches a certain height (the magic number for my largest plant is 14″), with only a thin stem to support the top-heavy plant. I’ve only had it about six […]
Lemmaphyllum microphyllum is a widespread species, occurring throughout China, Korea, India, Japan, the Philippines, and Asiatic Islands. It is a wonderful epiphytic fern, whose fronds only reach about .5 inch. Fertile fronds will reach about 2″, but are very narrow. It especially loves to grow on treefern, but cork also works well. It will grow in a pot so long as the substrate is well drained. Like many small fern species, it is slow growing (but not difficult).
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.
Sonerila are a diverse group of plants in the Melastomaceae family distinguished by having flowers with three petals (as opposed to five for most other plants in this group). There seems to be alot of variation within a species, and so the ID of aff.heterostemon is a guess. It could also be cantonensis, or something else entirely. Sonerilas are an Asian genus that make excellent terrarium plants. This species is very robust and easily kept provided it does not dry […]
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.