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 fern has an interesting mode of growth in that it grows new ferns from the tip of each frond. It also sprouts new ferns through runners. It grows to a maximun size of about 5 inches in diameter, but most plants are composed of only 4-5 elongated fronds. It does best in moderate light and often takes a long time to establish, but is rather fast after that.
by Chuck Nishihira This type of liverwort has always been my favorite. Over the years I have seen a few that look similar, but have subtle differences. I don’t know if these are different species or just one variable species. I don’t even know if this is a fancy thallose liverwort, or a simple leafy one. I’m guessing it is the former, but that is a guess. This particular one is from Mindo. If anyone knows please write to me.
by Chuck Nishihira So I had a plant for years that came from Peru, but had no clue as to what it was. The upright stem never got taller than about 5″. The thin delicate leaves were highly serrated and presented themselves well. The color was a very medium green and there was no pattern on the leaves, but I adored that plant. I was never able to successfully propagate it. Sadly, after several years in my care it finally died. The […]
by Chuck Nishihira Along one of our hikes in the area around Mindo, Ecuador we came upon this charming and pretty little species of Selaginella. We only saw it once in two good sized patches on the ground. It grew very close to the ground as a small trailer. As you can see in the photos, what really stands out are the white tips. I kept looking for other pockets of this special little one, but as I mentioned we only saw it […]
by Chuck Nishihira This forest in the Mindo area of Ecuador was lush and very diverse. One of the first interesting plants that we came across was this somewhat dainty species of Pilea. Its choice of growing spots seemed more variable than most Pileas that I have seen. It grew high and low, and added a sense of charm in all of these scenes.