This striking rhizomatous Begonia is an easy keeper in the terrarium. It can grow to 8″ tall, with leaves 2″ wide and 4″ or so long. It was originally collected by Rekha Morris in Northern India. The stems are quite long on this one. The foliage, even from clone, displays a marked degree of difference in color. Some of the leaves are almost entirely silver, others have the typical purple/brown on one side, and others have somewhat random looking spots […]
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 cultivar has been around for at least 20 years now! It is not very common, but holds it’s original name. Nautilocalyx pictus can be found in the Guianas, Colombia, and Northern Brazil. According to cybertaxonomy.org it is used locally as treatment against scorpion stings (doesn’t specify in what particular way). The ‘Jade’ cultivar is similar to the nominal pictus in the elongated leaves, but the coloration is drastically different. The nominal pictus has a bright green leaf center with […]
This fast growing Gesneriad produces butter yellow blooms and is easy to grow. It does great in terrariums and seems tolerant of a wide variety of conditions so long as temperatures are moderate (60-80) and humidity is high. The leaves are rather thin, and have a large swath of silver down the center, with silver leaf venation.
This pretty little Rhodospathas leaves only get about 2.5″ inches, and it seems to do best when climbing up a semi-vertical surface. It will also grow up a totally vertical surface but so far mine hasn’t gotten as tall this way. It has a shimmery texture and is rather slow growing, and doesn’t like too much light. It will get really pale and bleached out if kept in high light, and is an excellent plant for the foreground of taller […]
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 […]