This species was newly described in 2014 and occurs throughout Western Amazonia in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It grows in small patches (10-15 plants) in shady areas of mature forest. The epithet erytranthus refers to the red flowers. Due to drilling in Yasuni park where this plant occurs its conservation status has been suggested by its founder to be redesignated to NT.
This hybrid is a cross between B. alice-clarkiae X B. imperialis var. brunnea. It was created in 1975 by Rudy Ziesenhenne and named after a former member of the ABS Santa Barbara branch. It has a reputation for being more challenging, but so long as its given high humidity it seems to be an easy keeper. If given too much light it is prone to looking rather washed out.
This exceptional hybrid is a cross between rajah and goegoensis. It has kept the leaf shape and size of goegoensis but taken some color and leaf structure from rajah. Depending on conditions, the leaves can range from a pinkish-red to deep purple. It is vigorous but prefers terrarium conditions. It can be grown as a houseplant if humidity is higher (about 60%).
This no-fuss Peperomia does wonderfully as a houseplant or in a terrarium. Its vigor and resilience make it an ideal plant for beginners and those looking for a plant they can quickly share with friends (it propagates readily from leaf cuttings). There are many forms of caperata in cultivation, this one has a lot of pink. I have no idea how it got into my collection. I think it may have grown from seed. So, I don’t know anything about […]
This variable species occurs in China and has at least two color forms that look drastically different. There are green and pink types, pictured below. The growth habit is similar but the pink one seems to have more upright new growth, whereas the green one produces new growth that faces toward the ground. This species can grow to about 8 inches but often stays smaller. It is covered in fuzzy hairs and produces fruits that turn from cream to red […]
This plant has been sold in Asia under the name ‘versicolor red and black’, however, I have not seen any evidence of flowers to confirm this. It is a newer species to cultivation, whatever it is. It does resemble versicolor in the compact growth habit, but it grows its rhizome in more of a trailing way than other versicolor forms. The leaves maintain their beautiful color, getting darker with maturity. The new growth is a bright reddish-pink, as are the […]
This species was described in 1959 by Edgar Irmischer. It is a rhizomatous species native to Brazil. It is said to be syn. with U304. The leaf undersides are a beautiful rosy pink, as are the stems. Foliage is greenish-purple, with cream or pale green leaf venation. The leaves grow very closely together, forming a compact mound. The leaves are tilted upwards in my experience. There are hundreds of hairs on each leaf, which are pink, giving the leaves a […]
This delicate looking species is from Logo, Tome, on the coast of Guinea. It is a tuberous species and not tolerant of wet conditions. I let the soil go dry between waterings by watering only about half as often as my rhizomatous species. It still requires high humidity I think, although I’m not sure how high as I’ve not tried it in an open-air environment. It can reach over 12″, but would likely need something to lean on as its […]