This striking Marcgravia species is from Ecuador, and is one of the various ‘white’ species that are newer to the hobby (not to be confused with the older white species from Colombia and Panama). It is a slower growing Marcgravia (aren’t all the good ones…) that has stayed rather delicate looking, with only immature foliage produced in the terrarium. This lefthand photo is the more mature growth, (photo by Gilberto Merino of Ecuaflora, where this plant originated from) and the […]
This one of the various ‘white’ species out of Ecuador. New growth is this crazy color and more mature growth has white leaf venation (in high light) and edges. The more mature leaves of ‘white’ are an emerald green with stark white edges. It is a slow growing species, and so far has stayed on the small side. Both of these species pictured below are probably a little paler than usual though, as they have been in very bright light […]
This Marcgravia is similar in appearance to the one from St. Lucia, both having elongated leaves with rather pointy leaf tips. This one seems to stay smaller although it’s hard to say how large it would get if given enough room. It is a very compact grower and when growing up a background, the leaves do stay small in my experience. New growth is a nice bright yellow. This species is easy to keep and on the quicker side.
This colorful Marcgravia from Ecuador has only produced immature leaves in the terrarium for me, and it stays very small (leaves under .5 inches, closer to .25 inches). It maintains the nice dark brown/red color and is one of the easiest Marcgravias to grow in my experience. There is a possibility its mature leaves are larger, but it seems unwilling to produce these leaves easily in terrarium conditions.
This rare Marcgravia isn’t seen often in cultivation, and is rather slow growing. It has a nice pink stem and light green leaves. It grows up a background nicely, but if placed in the foreground will develop a compact little mound unlike many Marcgravia. It has a very whimsical look to it.
This well known species is also known as the Rainbow Marcgravia. New growth is a bright red, and mature foliage is a deep green. The most interesting feature of this plant though is the gradual color change from red to green, as there is most often a few leaves of ‘transition’ that are more yellow and orange in appearance, earning it the moniker of rainbow. It is easy to grow but takes some time to acclimate, and for me at […]
This Marcgravia stays very small, and has exceptional color in every stage of growth. New leaves are a bright reddish orange, and more mature growth is a light olivey green with hints of orange. The stems are a nice red. It is from Limon, Ecuador.
This distinctively marked Marcgravia (no pun intended) is from Ecuador and seems to be one of the easier species to grow, and is rather quick once established. The intense white leaf venation gets more dramatic as the plant matures, with new foliage looking rather bland in comparison. The maroon stem offers a nice contrast.
This coveted Marcgravia is a newer species out of Ecuador and has elegant red-purple foliage. The leaves easily reach 5″, and will get a few inches larger outside a terrarium. Leaf undersides are red. The foliage remains this dark red-purple when mature. Like other Marcgravias it does well growing up a vertical surface, but this one also likes growing in a basket or otherwise pendant fashion.