There are at least three forms of ningmingensis, and I believe this one is the type locality. It slightly resembles B. arachnoidea in the leaf patterns. It is a slower growing species, and of the three ningmingensis types, which all display somewhat drastically different growth habits, this is the one in the middle in terms of difficulty and growth rate. The dark form is the fastest growing of the three, with var. bella being the more difficult and slow-growing in my […]
B. metallicolor is in the Petermannia section, and is native to Padawan, Sarawak, Borneo. It resembles B. nagaensis in the iridescence, but the flowers differ. Like B. darthvaderiana, metallicolor is found in low elevation dipterocarp forest. It is a rather small species, growing to just under 12 inches, but it often stays smaller. The leaves are strongly iridescent and can appear blue, teal, green, and even purple. The plant below seems to be doing well, but also has some sort […]
This Southeast Asian native forms hard succulent leaves that fix themselves flat to a wood surface. If grown in bright light, the leaves are more reddish. It can be grown as a house plant or vivarium plant. If planted in a vivarium, it should be allowed to dry out between waterings. The flowers of imbricata are very small, a pale creamy-yellow, however, this particular plant has pink flowers. So, it’s ID is a mystery for now.
This cane-like Begonia derives its name from amphi, meaning two ways, and oxys, meaning sharp. It refers to the strange leaves being pointed at two ends. It is native to only two limestone hills in Sabah (Batu Punggul and Tinahas). Leaves are edged in a reddish-purple and covered in red dots which are subtly raised at the center. Mature leaves have a slightly undulated edge, but new leaves are more dramatically undulated with a yellow leaf underlying the red dots. […]
This is a shallow 1 gallon bowl housing various unidentified Bucephalandra. The substrate is a thin layer of turface, with some lava rock and wood as a growing surface for the plants. It gets medium light and has nearly no ventilation. I believe some of these are ‘brownie’ type Buces. An Aridarium species pictured below, which has grown considerably in the past few months. It enjoys the same conditions as the other plants, with wet feet and room to grow […]
This unique Pothos species is new to the US hobby and is native to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. I have not seen it offered for sale in the US. It resembles Pothos barberianus in its leaf venation but is significantly larger even in its immature form. It is a shingling species that can grow quite tall in nature (21ft). The leaves have hovered around 1″ in terrarium culture for me, but aroid.org has leaves reaching 9″ in nature. It’s hard […]
This striking Sonerila has recently become available out of SE Asia. I will add more information when I have more experience with it. For the first few weeks after import, it was especially sensitive and went completely limp a few times. After heavy soaking of the sphagnum, it rebounded and now seems more stable. A cutting rooted in clay below, taken as a small cutting off the mother plant. It rooted within one month in clay. For a species prone […]
Another SE Asian species, this one, unfortunately, did not come with more precise locality data. It’s lobed leaves come out very green and very fuzzy, slowly reaching about 4″ in length. I’ve not had it very long so I cannot say for certain this is its mature size. Flowers are magenta and diminutive.