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.
This stunning Marcgravia is newer to cultivation and maintains the wonderful melon (think cantaloupe) color with maturity. It is a smaller Marcgravia species with leaves around 1/4 inch. The stem is a ruby-pink, and leaves are edged in green.
This small Marcgravia comes from Southern Ecuador and stays small and colorful with maturity. Leaves are lined with white or pale green. More mature leaves display darker green and maroon coloration, while newer growth is red with mottled red spots. It is very slow growing.
By Chuck Nishihira This wonderful species in the genus Marcgravia goes by two names in the hobby. It was originally called species Brown, but then quickly received the name species Bronze by others. Whatever it is called, it is distinctive enough to not be confused with any other species in the hobby. This Peruvian species is easy to keep in the juvenile state and a whole tank can be covered with the 3/4″ leaves. Allowed to climb, it would certainly […]
by Chuck Nishihira Just out of curiosity the leaves of Marcgravia species brown were planted to see if they would root and grow. I regularly propagate this species by taking stem cuttings and root them in spagnum moss. It is a quick, easy, and reliable method. Not a single cutting was ever lost. While this species is not a rampant grower, the cuttings will root in a month and by the second month nice growth can be seen. On one […]