This Melastomaceae hails from China and only reaches 7-8 inches. It is easy to grow and well suited to terrarium culture, although it may be able to survive in an open-air environment. It slightly resembles Peperomia, with its rounded leaves and rosette-forming habits. New growth is bright red, and older leaves are dark green. All […]
This variable species occurs in China and has at least two color forms that look drastically different. There are green and pink types, pictured below. The growth habit is similar but the pink one seems to have more upright new growth, whereas the green one produces new growth that faces toward the ground. This species […]
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 marvel at). It is a Rhizomatous species native […]
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 tree-fern, but cork also works well. It will grow […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This Chinese species has striking markings, with silvery stripes on new growth that turn into mottled patterns as the leaves mature. It grows somewhat close to the substrate, rather compactly, and only gets about 5″.
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.