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.
Sonerilas are a diverse group of plants in the Melastomaceae family distinguished by having flowers with three petals (as opposed to five for most other plants in this group). There seems to be a lot of variation within a species, and so the ID of pulchella is a guess. This Malaysian Sonerila has striking green and pink foliage which just gets more pronounced as the plant matures. I just got it this year so am not entirely sure how large […]
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.
Sonerila are a diverse group of plants in the Melastomaceae family distinguished by having flowers with three petals (as opposed to five for most other plants in this group). There seems to be alot of variation within a species, and so the ID of aff.heterostemon is a guess. It could also be cantonensis, or something else entirely. Sonerilas are an Asian genus that make excellent terrarium plants. This species is very robust and easily kept provided it does not dry […]