This striking Marcgravia species is from Ecuador, and is one of the various ‘white’ species that are newer to the hobby (not to be confused with the older white species from Colombia and Panama). It is a slower growing Marcgravia (aren’t all the good ones…) that has stayed rather delicate looking, with only immature foliage produced in the terrarium. This lefthand photo is the more mature growth, (photo by Gilberto Merino of Ecuaflora, where this plant originated from) and the […]
This one of the various ‘white’ species out of Ecuador. New growth is this crazy color and more mature growth has white leaf venation (in high light) and edges. The more mature leaves of ‘white’ are an emerald green with stark white edges. It is a slow growing species, and so far has stayed on the small side. Both of these species pictured below are probably a little paler than usual though, as they have been in very bright light […]
This Marcgravia is similar in appearance to the one from St. Lucia, both having elongated leaves with rather pointy leaf tips. This one seems to stay smaller although it’s hard to say how large it would get if given enough room. It is a very compact grower and when growing up a background, the leaves do stay small in my experience. New growth is a nice bright yellow. This species is easy to keep and on the quicker side.
This colorful Marcgravia from Ecuador has only produced immature leaves in the terrarium for me, and it stays very small (leaves under .5 inches, closer to .25 inches). It maintains the nice dark brown/red color and is one of the easiest Marcgravias to grow in my experience. There is a possibility its mature leaves are larger, but it seems unwilling to produce these leaves easily in terrarium conditions.
This well known species is also known as the Rainbow Marcgravia. New growth is a bright red, and mature foliage is a deep green. The most interesting feature of this plant though is the gradual color change from red to green, as there is most often a few leaves of ‘transition’ that are more yellow and orange in appearance, earning it the moniker of rainbow. It is easy to grow but takes some time to acclimate, and for me at […]
This incredible plant occurs throughout India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is classified as critically endangered, but in the hobby it is a well known, only somewhat rare plant. There are two different leaf forms depending on growing conditions. When climbing, leaves are heart shaped and plastered to the growing surface. When the plant gets so large growing on a tree that it moves off the tree, the leaves become more elongated and in isolation are more […]
This distinctively marked Marcgravia (no pun intended) is from Ecuador and seems to be one of the easier species to grow, and is rather quick once established. The intense white leaf venation gets more dramatic as the plant matures, with new foliage looking rather bland in comparison. The maroon stem offers a nice contrast.
This wonderful species in the genus Marcgravia goes by two names in the hobby. It was originally called species Brown, but then quickly received the name species Bronze by others. Whatever it is called, it is distinctive enough to not be confused with any other species in the hobby. This peruvian species is easy to keep in the juvenile state and a whole tank can be covered with the 3/4″ leaves. Allowed to climb, it would certainly mature and produce larger […]
This is a unique Philodendron in it’s growth habit. It was collected in Peru, and is not common in cultivation. So far it has not been identified. In my experience it stagnates without a vertical surface to grow on, but will maintain moderate growth if provided with sufficient space. It stays small, with leaves reaching about 2.5 inches.