This is probably the easiest Gobenia (also known as Goo-bernias, for their tendency to melt…) to grow in the terrarium. It also handles being moved better than most from this group. Once established, it grows rather quickly. The leaves on this species are between .5-1 inch wide and long, and the stems are a pretty light pink/red. It will grow well over a well drained substrate, creating a dense mat, or it will grow up a vertical surface (usually stays […]
Often times roads that are slow going and difficult to traverse don’t even have a single boulder or giant mud hole in them. What should have taken an hour is easily stretched out to multiples of that. All that is needed is a road cut through a nice forest and a plant-lover in the car. To make it worse we had 2 plant-lovers in the car, each with a view of the opposite sides of the road. The happy conversations of the road is […]
This new Begonia species from Southeastern Ecuador has burgundy red veining and full round leaves. It seems to be quite slow growing for a Gobenia type, but it also seems sturdy and has shown none of the melting or die back that others have exhibited.
These three Begonia species from the section Gobenia were introduced into cultivation sometime in the 1990’s. All three were from the area around Pacto, Ecuador. I don’t know if they were found sympatrically or if they were at various altitudes. They do seem to be variable in their tolerance of heat. Pacto has an average elevation of 1300 meters. So while meeting their temperature needs is not incredibly difficult, they seem to do their best if temperatures are kept on the cooler side.