This is a newer species to cultivation from Ecuador. It has distinctive purple-pink leaf venation that runs in a somewhat irregular pattern. The stem is a nice ruby red. Like many Marcgravias, it usually only produces immature foliage in a terrarium. The leaves are small and pointed, no longer than .5 inches in the immature state. The Condor are mountains in the eastern Andes that occur in Ecuador and Peru. Much of the forest is relatively untouched still, and it […]
This beautiful Peperomia hails from southern Ecuador and only reaches about 6″ tall. It maintains a pretty shape, with leaves getting subtly larger towards the tips. The leaf venation is silvery white, and the underlying foliage. Stems are bright red.
This small Marcgravia comes from Southern Ecuador and stays small and colorful with maturity. Leaves are lined with white or pale green. More mature leaves display darker green and maroon coloration, while newer growth is red with mottled red spots. It is very slow growing.
This beautiful Philodendron was found around Rio Blanco, at about 1800-2000m asl. This is one of two specimens seen, and the nicer clone of the two. The leaves were only about 4 or 5 inches long. Something that Chuck has always cherished and I have not fully understood until this Ecuador trip, are small aroids. Their rarity in the wild was hard for me to grasp, as in the terrarium hobby the only aroids circulating are those that remain small! […]