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 cultivar has been around for at least 20 years now! It is not very common but holds it’s original name. Nautilocalyx pictus can be found in the Guianas, Colombia, and Northern Brazil. According to cybertaxonomy.org it is used locally as treatment against scorpion stings (doesn’t specify in what particular way). The ‘Jade’ cultivar is similar to the nominal pictus in the elongated leaves, but the coloration is drastically different. The nominal pictus has a bright green leaf center with […]
This spectacular Gesneriad is from South America and is a great terrarium Gesneriad for its compact size and slow growth habit. I have struggled to get this plant established for years, only recently having some success with clay substrate. It is common for the lower leaves to rot out if not kept in ideal growing conditions (which seem a bit hard to pinpoint). It likes high humidity and good drainage and when it’s happy, is not difficult to flower. The […]
by Charles Nishihira This beautiful Nautilocalyx from Peru has recently been described. Coming from sandstone habitats in the Rio Cenepa basin of Peru, Nautilocalyx rugosus is very distinctive from others in the genus. The large oval, bumpy and hairy leaves lay flat on the ground. Making a good-sized rosette unlike anything else. A few times a year, it flowers with large white crystalline flowers. It is quite the show stopper. Even though it comes from an area where it grows […]