This beautiful Episcia species is unique in that its flowers aren’t the typical orange or red, but a blueish violet. The leaves are beautifully patterned with green venation on dark purple-brown leaves. It occurs throughout central and northern South America, as far south as Colombia.
This pretty Pearcea from Ecuador is a newer plant to cultivation. It is fairly compact, especially for a Pearcea, and it is a beautiful purple-brown with tiny pink hairs. It usually stays around eight inches but can get a little taller in certain growing conditions.
This is the green form of this Pearcea, not often seen, and it seems to be quite a bit slower and less vigorous than the standard form. I received one very small plant years ago and just this year do I have plants available. I have not yet seen the flower, but suspect it’s the same bulbous orange blooms as the standard type. The leaves can reach 6″ but it often stays around 4-5″ in the terrarium. The foliage is […]
This plant is perhaps my favorite to use in terrariums. It is not particularly showy, but it stays small and compact and is somewhat non-descript ‘green foliage’ that does not look to me, particularly new world, or old world. For that reason, I use it in most of my biotope inspired (biotope+whatever else looks good) vivariums. It is native to Eastern Ecuador and is an IUCN Threatened species. In my experience, it only reaches about 8″ tall and stays compact. […]
The genus this plant belongs to is somewhat unclear but it has been suggested to be a Drymonia. It has flowered for at least one person, but I can’t for the life of me find the picture. Whatever it is, it seems to be one of those that either does really well and grows vigorously or is very finicky. Once established, it is fast, and can get much larger than pictured here (leaves a few inches long). It climbs up […]
This pretty Pearcea has serrated silvery-mint colored leaves. In certain conditions the edges will bronze. Like many Pearcea, this is a fast-growing species. It occurs in Ecuador and perhaps elsewhere in South America. It can reach heights of nearly 12″ but often stays smaller if given ample light and nutrients.
This pretty Kohleria sp. was another Gesneriad sale purchase, and did not come with an ID. Kohleria are not a genus I’m familiar with at all, so I don’t have any guesses as to what this could be, and it hasn’t flowered yet, so, it remains a mystery for now. It’s foliage is what sold me though, and that it seemed to be growing somewhat sturdily (I’ve got the impression of many Kohlerias that if you so much as look […]