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 is a newer species to cultivation from Ecuador. It has distinctive purple-pink leaf venation that runs in a somewhat irregular pattern. The stem is a nice ruby red. Like many Marcgravias, it usually only produces immature foliage in a terrarium. The leaves are small and pointed, no longer than .5 inches in the immature state. The Condor are mountains in the eastern Andes that occur in Ecuador and Peru. Much of the forest is relatively untouched still, and it […]
This is a new Begonia species to the hobby, still unidentified to my knowledge, from West Kalimantan in Borneo. Here is the plant newly propagated via leaf cutting, growing in sphagnum. Update this Begonia is turning out to be a real stunner! After switching it out of sphag and into a soil mix, it has tripled in size in about two months and is about to flower. I talk about sphagnum conspiracy here, involving nutritional deficiencies with Begonias kept on […]
This beautiful bronzey Selaginella came in on an import from China. It was a hitchhiker on an Ardisia species, so I don’t have any info on it. It’s very delicate looking and has slender foliage. The tips have a nice orangey hint to them.
This small trailing begonia has ruby red stems and nice speckled leaves. The underlying leaf color is a greenish-purple, and speckling is a much lighter silvery-green. Leaves stay around an inch and maintain nice compact growth across the substrate. U074 has been tentatively identified as Begonia nigritarum, however, there does seem to be some variation between the two.
I received this plant about 8 years ago, and have since lost any information on it. It slightly resembles Begonia mildbraedii, but looks like a different species to me. The largest it has gotten for me is about 4″ tall with leaves around 2″ wide. It has red stems and leaves that range from a pale red (grown in high/too much light) to a slightly glaucous green. It’s not flowered yet. So far, it has been a slightly finicky plant, […]
This pretty Kohleria sp. was another Gesneriad sale purchase, and did not come with an ID. Kohleria are not a genus I’m familiar with at all, so I don’t have any guesses as to what this could be, and it hasn’t flowered yet, so, it remains a mystery for now. It’s foliage is what sold me though, and that it seemed to be growing somewhat sturdily (I’ve got the impression of many Kohlerias that if you so much as look […]