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 […]
A very nice and easy to grow species of Diastema from Panama. Unfortunately identification has to wait until someone flowers it. This seems to be a common problem with gesneriads. Many are easy to grow, but not that easy to flower. In this case, the beautiful bumpy textured hairy leaves and the mahogany colored new leaves, make it a pleasure to grow even if it doesn’t flower.
Click the plant name to view more information and photos. Please observe this note on Nomenclature for an explanation of the sometimes fanciful naming system. Acostea Acostea species Cerro Azul Acranthera Acranthera sp. Borneo Andinia Andinia nummularia Alsobia Alsobia dianthiflora Anthurium Anthurium clidemioides Anthurium effusipathum Anthurium gracile Anthurium scandens ssp. pusillum Aridarium Bucephalandra Bowl Aristolochia Aristolochia arborea Argostemma Argostemma sp. Silver Aspidogyne Aspidogyne species Aspidogyne species Panama Asplenium Asplenium aff. fragrans Asplenium aff. fragrans Peru Asplenium holophlebium Asplenium ‘Mindo’ Asplenium species mittens […]