Begonia bullatifolia was discovered in 2009 in Brazil. It has some of the most dramatically corrugated leaves of any Begonia species and seems all the more dramatic for its diminutive size. Leaves stay around an inch in diameter, and the entire plant stays under 6″. When viewed from the underside, the leaves have a distinctive red venation that is hardly visible when viewing the plant from above. For this reason, I enjoy growing it in a high window, as it […]
This exceptional variant of B. versicolor is different from the standard versicolor primarily in the color and width of the striping. It is named after Charlot Teng. In the standard versicolor the leaf venation is red, with mostly green foliage. This one has thicker, more purple banding over the leaf venation. The in-between is minty-green. The texture also seems a bit more velvety than the standard type, maybe due to smaller hairs on the foliage. It is a compact species […]
In the past five years there have been a number of small vines coming out of South America, mostly from Ecuador. This is the third of this type that I keep, and is distinguished by the three point serration on each leaf. The two other types are very similar, bright green and very small leaves, one from Peru and a second Ecuadorian species. Overall it seems to be a rather slow growing group of plants, but once acclimated they can […]
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.
This rhizomatous Begonia has leaves that only reach 2″ in size, with many leaves staying smaller. Younger plants will display red-green undertones with chocolate-purple mottling. As the plants mature, the chocolate-purple becomes the more dominant color. At the point the petiole attaches to the leaf, the color is red (which sometimes fades to yellow). This plant can be grown mounted or potted, both as terrarium plant or house plant (keep out of direct sun and water frequently). Due to the […]
This cute little Peperomia is found in Peru and Ecuador, and perhaps elsewhere in South America. Its leaves only grow to be about 1″, and the entire plant stays under 6″ in my experience. Perhaps given something to lean on, it could get a little taller. It is tolerant of a wide variety of terrarium conditions, but doesn’t seem to like standing water on its leaves.
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.
This small growing species is from Mexico and only grows to about 6″ in diameter. It is a rhizomatous species that enjoys cooler temperatures and is an easy keeper. Leaf undersides are light red, and flowers are pale pink. It is a very compact plant, sometimes called Pennywort or Pond Lily Begonia.