This beautiful Peperomia hails from southern Ecuador and only reaches about 6″ tall. It maintains a pretty shape, with leaves getting subtly larger towards the tips. The leaf venation is silvery-white, and the underlying foliage. Stems are bright red.
The genus this plant belongs to is somewhat unclear but it has been suggested to be a Drymonia. It has flowered for at least one person, but I can’t for the life of me find the picture. Whatever it is, it seems to be one of those that either does really well and grows vigorously or is very finicky. Once established, it is fast, and can get much larger than pictured here (leaves a few inches long). It climbs up […]
This charming little Marcgravia is a smaller species, capable of producing larger leaves in terrarium conditions but most often keeping the 1/4 leaves. Foliage is a nice scalloped shape with purple new growth. As the plant matures, it will take on a purple-green. *note* there are two species of Marcgravia in the images shown here. Only the small, purple-green one is sp. Peru. The larger, solidly green one is rectiflora. They could not be separated for the picture 😉
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 […]
It seems remarkable that there is even enough chlorophyll in this plant to grow, as in high light it becomes a stark white. Most plants stand about three inches tall, with the end few inches or two hanging down, sometimes touching the substrate again. It is difficult to capture in photographs but it has a very lacy appearance. It occurs in Peru and perhaps elsewhere. The immature growth, Mature growth,
These frogs just came in today from Understory Enterprises, and look wonderful! They are bigger and yellower than I thought, with those amazing yellow bellies 🙂 They are bold so far, with 3 out of 4 spending most of the day out on the exposed cork background.
This trailing Gesneriad makes an excellent house plant as well as vivarium plant, and blooms often. The flowers and white with tattered edges. It 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 […]
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.