If you are looking for a Begonia species that has it all for terrarium culture, this is an excellent choice. It is a small growing, compact species that is easy to keep and propagate, and has beautiful foliage (even the backsides of the leaves are something to marval at). It is a Rhizomatous species native to Central China. “Leslie Woodriff called it the “Fairy Carpet” begonia because of the velvety appearance of its dark green leaves, frosted with silver and […]
This beautiful bronzey Selaginella came in on an import from China. It was a hitchhiker on an Ardisia species, so I don’t have any info on it. It’s very delicate looking and has slender foliage. The tips have a nice orangey hint to them.
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).
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 stunning species hails from China and possesses velvety leaves and a hardy constitution. It looks rather delicate, but in the terrarium at least, has proven to be a vigorous grower with little care. It blooms often. The undersides of the leaves are bright reddish-pink and visible when viewed directly from the front due to the growth habit of the plant. Somewhat versatile in its coloration, taking on red leaf venation in some conditions, and other times with more silvery […]
There are a few forms of B.ningmingensis, and they all look drastically different. The dark form seems to be very hardy and fast growing, and it flowers all the time. Leaves are a velvety dark green, with newer growth being lighter green. It is a newer species from China that grows to about 10″. It will often grow very close to the substrate, especially at first, forming a little tented area on the substrate.
This plant was described in 2008, and is native to Guangxi region in China. It stays under 6″, and does well in terrarium conditions. The flower is a pale coral orange. It is a rhizomatous species that in nature grows on limestone. A description of the plant here , with a graphic also taken from this paper.