To my knowledge there were only twelve plants of this that came into the United States from Panama. It is from Kuna Yala. This species came in as a group of seedlings and it seems as if only one was ever sold, and a handful of others were distributed among friends. I received two of these plants, and have now had them about six years. They were more or less the same size at first. Per the recommendation of Charlot […]
This easy to grow ficus does great growing on wood or up a background. It has a dense growth habit and will climb as high as you let it. The leaves are elongated and can reach almost 2 inches when mature. It has been incorrectly labeled as Ficus Panama, even though it is found throughout SE Asia including Malaysia, Borneo, and Sumatra.
This is a small Pilea that only reaches about 3″ at full size. It grows like many pileas and will form little colonies given time. It flowers often in the terrarium and is fairly tolerant of a wide variety of growing conditions but is not particulary fast.
Anthurium scandens ssp. pusillum is a small species with an interesting trailing habit and purple berries. This is a widespread subspecies occurring through much of Central America and parts of northern South America. This Anthurium usually occurs at elevations that are high enough to be cool and misty from clouds rolling by. In their unique way (for an Anthurium) they weave through the tangle of plants that are occupying the same branches. The plants are regularly putting out new flowers […]
At the top of Cerro Azul, near Panama City there is a very nice area that almost feels like a park. It is filled with smaller trees that seem old but are not very tall. The walking is easy and it makes for a nice peaceful day to walk around and photograph plants. The mountain is high enough to get a lot of mist from clouds rolling in, but its apparent that the area goes through dry spells. There are […]
I believe this is a Cryptochloa species, but could certainly be wrong. The Olyreae are grasses in subfamily Bambusoideae. When you come across these smaller pretty species it is hard not to stop and admire them. This particular species was growing on a clay bank with a decent amount of leaf-litter covering it. They seem to prefer the edges of forest where there is more light, but still a lot of protection from the sun.
Sometimes every little detail seems so important. The shape of the leaflet on this Plagiochila versus the leaflet on that Plagiochila. The dark color of one species versus the paleness of another. The more subtle the differences you are willing to look for, the more interesting things there are to see. If you are fascinated with bryophytes, you could just plop yourself down and slowly move your way through the rocks, trunks, branches, fallen branches, leaves of other plants, twigs […]