So here was the dilemma. While in the Cordillera del Condor, we decided to go hiking one night to look for treefrogs and glassfrogs. We had one good flashlight, one decent headlamp, and one headlamp whose only usefulness was to find the other two real lights in a dark backpack. The group consisted of an eager treefrog enthusiast with really good eyes for spotting things, an amazing local guide that seemed to be able to spot even the tiniest things, […]
In the Rio Blanco area of the Cordillera del Condor, there is a nice assortment of Pilea species, not unlike many other areas in Ecuador. In the past, a handful of nice species were available to the terrarium hobbyist. But mostly they have been under-rated and poorly represented. Especially when compared against their diversity and abundance in their native places. Here are just a few photos of different species occurring in a small area.
This is one of those plants that you come across that immediately grabs your eye, and upon closer inspection you realize that you have no idea what you are looking at. While there has to be some reading this that know exactly what this is, for now it remains a mystery to me. I asked a few people who I thought would definitely know, but their uncertainty mirrors my own. This was a vining plant that was climbing up a small pole tree, […]
A Peperomia species with a wonderful shape and arrangement. The peperomias with beautiful markings and bright colors garner most of the attention in the hobby, and rightfully so, but hopefully species like this one will find a lot of admirers too! This photograph was taken near Rio Blanco in the Cordillera del Condor, Ecuador. The elevation was roughly 2000 meters.