This tank is about a year old now, and houses over 50 species of plants. It stands 36Lx18Wx26T and has zoomed cork tiles on three sides. The substrate is a mix of turface and red infield conditioner in no specific ratios. The primary purpose of this tank is to give shingling species room to grow vertically. Marcgravias and many others do ok on sphagnum, but their growth is so much faster and more robust when climbing a wood surface. Species […]
This striking Marcgravia is native to Ecuador and is slow to acclimate. Once established, it grows at a moderate rate, and much faster if given wood to climb up. The edges are subtly white, and new growth is a very pale green. It has stayed small, with leaves about 1/3 inch. The stem is pink.
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 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.