This trailing Gesneriad makes an excellent house plant as well as vivarium plant, and blooms often. The flowers and white with tattered edges. Is a very easy species that can grow as a foreground plant or in a hanging basket, where it will grow long pendant vines. It is found in Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Peru.
This Ginger is native to Peru and Ecuador, and is a wonderful plant for larger terraria. It makes an excellent perch and sleeping place for frogs and geckos, and Ranitomeya in particular seem to love the newly forming conical leaves. It doesn’t like to be moved, and even when I repot it here, the leaves always die back. New leaves grow from the base within a month or two, and come back with vigor. It loves clay substrate, but also […]
Ranitomeya uakarii have have only been legally available recently through Understory Enterprises, although in the past the pressure on wild populations due to smuggling is estimated to have been low. Their range is rather large, and they have been found throughout the Amazon basin in southern and central Peru, western Brazil, Colombia, and central Guyana. They are a more terrestrial species of Ranitomeya, but will utilize vertical space in a terrarium, especially if there are tall broad leafed plants. In my […]
This striking Peruvian Columnea has bullate, fuzzy foliage. Grown in low-medium light it’s leaves hang down in a beautiful pendant fashion. In brighter light the leaves still hang down, just not as much. The plant can get quite tall in nature (around `18′) , but in the terrarium I have not seen any specimens even close to this size. It has pretty red berries and a yellow and maroon flower.
What a little charmer this andean species is! It is a very small trailer that starts off with round leaves when the growing tip is young. Once it gets into full stride, the leaf elongates into a beautiful shape. A plant with both of these leaf forms is particularly attractive. While there may be other trailing peperomias that do this, this one still stands out as being very distinctive. It is a species that is also brightly colored and beautifully […]
Here is a Peperomia species that elevates modesty into something special. It is a muted colored species with silvery veins that compliment each other perfectly. I do not know much about this species other than it is from Peru. It is a bit tender, and will die back for me quite easily. In my case I believe it is a problem with temperature, maybe a cooler situation will be more suitable to this species. It’s trailing habit coupled with it’s gentle colors are very distinctive. Concerning […]