This Episcia is native to French Guiana and does wonderfully in terrarium conditions. It will grow partially up a wood surface or over substrate. The leaves are under 4″ when full grown, and flowers are fringed white with purple in the center. Advertisements
By the time I’d noticed this plant, it was close to blooming size, probably grown from seed on an order of plants from Ecuaflora. In person the leaves look a bit more bronze than they do here. So far it has been easy to grow and it flowered within a few months of germinating. Right now it’s about 5″ tall but looks like it could get a bit taller with more room.
This beautiful Nautilocalyx from Peru has recently been described. Coming from sandstone habitats in the Rio Cenepa basin of Peru, Nautilocalyx rugosus is very distinctive from others in the genus. The large oval, bumpy and hairy leaves lay flat on the ground. Making a good sized rosette unlike anything else. A few times a year, it flowers with large white crystalline flowers. It is quite the show stopper. Even though it comes from an area where it grows directly on […]
The forest up here was much less dense than lower down, with scrub looking plants comparatively. We passed by a few enormous tangles; trees that had fallen and become so overgrown it was difficult to make out the original structure at all. The Gesneriad below was medium sized and very fuzzy, and grew in one of the dense balls of smaller plants. In addition to more Gesneriads and rather giant ferns up here, there were also lots of Bromeliads. […]
During my first trip to Peru, and out of the US, Understory Enterprises, who I am enormously grateful to, took myself and a handful of other hobbyists to a wonderful site to look for black bassleri. There were some oddities here that even during the rest of the trip, I don’t think anyone encountered. Now I regret not photographing the impossibly small humming birds nest at eye level, plastered to a thin pole tree, and a jumping spider who (and perhaps this […]