Some of the newly available Asian species to the US are Elatostema species, a rarely seen genus in the terrarium hobby. This one is from Borneo, and so far has been an easy, albeit, slow species. The leaves have a sticky texture, although no secretions are given off, and no discernible residue is left on the skin. It’s intensely corrugated leaves have reached about 4″ long thus far, but I’ve not had it more than a year so cannot say […]
This lobe type Sonerila is from Borneo, and so far has only attained a leaf size of about 4″. New leaves come out bright pink and very very slowly grow out into longer lobed leaves. Mine flowered shortly after I received it, but the seed pods were already dry. If anyone has experience with collecting seeds of this species and cares to share their experiences, please post below or contact me.
This Argostemma is from SE Asia, and miraculously can be grown from a small leaf fragment. The first few leaves are solid green, and then subsequent ones are this white silver color. The largest plants I’ve seen of this species are around 8″, but it is not a commonly grown species and not much is know about it.
This Begonia species is new to cultivation as of 2019. I’ve not been growing it long, so cannot say for certain how large it gets. The leaves thus far have only reached about 3″. They are serrated and covered in white spots (as many of the Begonias from this region seem to be). The texture of the leaves is beautiful, although I’m not exactly sure how to describe it. So far it has been an easy species to grow and […]
This unusual Pothos is relatively new to the US hobby, really only surfacing for sale in the past year (2019). It has finely marked leaves that emerge red or yellow and then turn to green. It is similar to Marcgravia in that in a terrarium it will often stay in its immature state indefinitely, with leaves staying around 1/4 inch. It can however, grow leaves up to 7 inches. It is slow growing and likes to climb up a wooden […]
Dischdia are milkweed relatives native to Asia. D. pectinoides has a symbiotic relationship with ants, which live in it’s hollow pods and protect against parasitic insects. Organic matter from the ants is used as nutrients which the plant consumes. The pods are only developed on mature plants, and usually there are only a small number present even on plants of considerable size. The foliage of normal leaves is small, around 1/2 inch long and slightly less wide. This plant can […]
This miniature fern only grows to about 1.5 inches tall, forming dense matts in the terrarium given time. It prefers to be mounted to something, rather than growing on the foreground. Treefern poles work wonderfully, as do cork and treefern flats, and likely most other wood surfaces. This species enjoys high humidity, with some opportunity for the leaves to dry out between waterings. It is found in Borneo.
There are two forms of cf. U577, this is the green one. It is a trailing species from Thailand introduced in 2009, and is easy to grow, but prone to bronzing imperfections on the leaf. The leaves stay under 5″ and are defined by a broad silver green stripe that radiates out. Between this marking is are sections of dark green and maroon.
This pretty trailing species stays on the small side (with 4-5″ leaves) and is easy to grow. It was introduced in 2009 and is from Thailand. It forms a small rosette and then sends out runners, which can get quite long.