This Melastomaceae hails from China and only reaches 7-8 inches. It is easy to grow and well suited to terrarium culture, although it may be able to survive in an open-air environment. It slightly resembles Peperomia, with its rounded leaves and rosette-forming habits. New growth is bright red, and older leaves are dark green. All […]
Arthrostemma parvifolium is a a Melastome that occurs from Mexico to El Salvador, and is wonderfully suited to terrarium culture. It often stays under 12″ but can get at least 18″ in some growing conditions. It forms a small bush and beautiful pink magenta flowers that are easy to pollinate and produce a lot of […]
This Melastome popped up in a tank of Ecuadorian Marcgravias and grew from seed. It’s about 2 years old now and stands 4″ tall. The leaves are broad but not very sturdy. After a year of growth, it was looking great, but then gradually the older leaves began to brown and rot off. With some […]
This small Melastome is a wonderfully polite Melastome for the terrarium, only reaching about 12″ tall, with slow-growing, compact rosettes. It can be propagated by taking a cutting containing a few leaves and at least two inches of stem, in sphagnum. I’ve tried taking smaller cuttings, leaf cuttings, putting them in potting soil, and it […]
This Melastome stays under 5″, and is propagated easily with leaf cuttings (as pictured here). In bright light it is the color below, and in moderate-low light it is a deep purple red.
by Chuck Nishihira I will admit that I am not the greatest fan of the genus Monolena. The species that are in the hobby are without doubt pretty. Still, I have never felt the need to acquire any. But, this one changed my mind. It is a species from Panama whose dark leaves and interesting […]