This Marcgravia is very rare, and has only become recently available in the hobby. It came labeled as aff. coriacae ‘Melon’ and is from Ecuador. So far it has been one of the slowest species to grow. The color is an exceptional pink, with slightly green edges. The leaf is a beautiful oval shape, and very small. It resembles the one called ‘Melon’, also out of Ecuador. It is possible they are the same but I do not believe they […]
In the past five years there have been a number of small vines coming out of South America, mostly from Ecuador. This is the third of this type that I keep, and is distinguished by the three point serration on each leaf. The two other types are very similar, bright green and very small leaves, one from Peru and a second Ecuadorian species. Overall it seems to be a rather slow growing group of plants, but once acclimated they can […]
This wonderful Rhodospatha from Ecuador has exceptional purple foliage. It is rather large compared to the Rhodospathas I’ve seen but is still rather small. The leaves reach about 2.5-4 inches, and stay a beautiful silvery purple. Before new leaves unfurl, they appear red. It likes to climb, and I can’t imagine it would do very well without a vertical surface to grow up, for the size and weight of the leaves.
This is a large Marcgravia from Ecuador, not coriacae but somewhat similar. It is easy to grow and puts out moderate growth once acclimated. New leaves are yellow-green but loose the yellow quickly. Like all Marcgravias, it does best when given room to climb.
This Melastome popped up in a tank of Ecuadorian Marcgravias and grew from seed. It’s about 2 years old now and stands 4″ tall. The leaves are broad but not very sturdy. After a year of growth, it was looking great, but then gradually the older leaves began to brown and rot off. With some monthly dilute fertilizer, it has bounced back and is growing again. On a few occasions I have tried importing Melastomes from Ecuador, they have done […]
This striking Marcgravia is native to Ecuador and is slow to acclimate. Once established, it grows at a moderate rate, and much faster if given wood to climb up. The edges are subtly white, and new growth is a very pale green. It has stayed small, with leaves about 1/3 inch. The stem is pink.
This oddball plant from Ecuador is on the temperamental side, and seems to prefer sphagnum over clay or potting soil. It likes low-medium light and has a beautiful purple leaf underside. It grows well on a horizontal branch, and with time may even grow up a mostly vertical surface. So far, it has only reached about 5″ in diameter but may get larger given time. The lower leaves are prone to melting, so take care not to overwater. The more […]