Begonia chlorosticta is a species from Sarawak, Borneo. It was given the designation U038 before being formally identified. For me it has been the most challenging Begonia species to grow, as it frequently goes through melting spells without any apparent change in environment or care. It can grow to over a foot tall, with shrubby type growth. Pictured below is the red form. There is a green form and black form as well.
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 Argostemma is from SE Asia, and miraculously can be grown from a single leaf cutting. The first few leaves are solid green, and then subsequent ones are this white silver color. The largest plants I’ve seen of this species are around 8″, but it is not a commonly grown species and not much is know about it.
This Begonia species is new to cultivation as of 2019. I’ve not been growing it long, so cannot say for certain how large it gets. The leaves thus far have only reached about 3″. They are serrated and covered in white spots (as many of the Begonias from this region seem to be). The texture of the leaves is beautiful, although I’m not exactly sure how to describe it. So far it has been an easy species to grow and […]
This unusual Pothos is relatively new to the US hobby, really only surfacing for sale in the past year (2019). It has finely marked leaves that emerge red or yellow and then turn to green. It is similar to Marcgravia in that in a terrarium it will often stay in its immature state indefinitely, with leaves staying around 1/4 inch. It can however, grow leaves up to 7 inches. It is slow growing and likes to climb up a wooden […]
This miniature fern only grows to about 1.5 inches tall, forming dense matts in the terrarium given time. It prefers to be mounted to something, rather than growing on the foreground. Treefern poles work wonderfully, as do cork and treefern flats, and likely most other wood surfaces. This species enjoys high humidity, with some opportunity for the leaves to dry out between waterings. It is found in Borneo.
This incredible plant occurs throughout India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is classified as critically endangered, but in the hobby it is a well known, only somewhat rare plant. There are two different leaf forms depending on growing conditions. When climbing, leaves are heart shaped and plastered to the growing surface. When the plant gets so large growing on a tree that it moves off the tree, the leaves become more elongated and in isolation are more […]
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 […]