This cane-like Begonia derives its name from amphi, meaning two ways, and oxys, meaning sharp. It refers to the strange leaves being pointed at two ends. It is native to only two limestone hills in Sabah (Batu Punggul and Tinahas). Leaves are edged in a reddish-purple and covered in red dots which are subtly raised at the center. Mature leaves have a slightly undulated edge, but new leaves are more dramatically undulated with a yellow leaf underlying the red dots. […]
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.
If you were confused by the differences between B. staudii and microsperma, let this heighten the confusion! These two African species have been mistakenly identified in cultivation for years, and now they have been hybridized into this stunning cross. Like all African Begonias, they have yellow flowers. Interestingly, this cross possess purple-green in the leaves, which is absent from either species (both possessing bright green leaves). The stems are also that nice purple color, and covered in white hairs. It […]
This stunning species hails from China and possesses velvety leaves and a hardy constitution. It looks rather delicate, but in the terrarium at least, has proven to be a vigorous grower with little care. It blooms often. The undersides of the leaves are bright reddish-pink and visible when viewed directly from the front due to the growth habit of the plant. Somewhat versatile in its coloration, taking on red leaf venation in some conditions, and other times with more silvery […]
This robust Pilea is from Ecuador and has a nice metallic leaf, reminisce of Pilea ‘chartreuse’ Ecuador, but with more green. It can get quite tall, over 10″ and is very typical of what you see all over central and South America growing in lower elevation forest.