This is another NOID Marcgravia out of Ecuador, that resembles M. umbellata. It is one of the most strikingly patterned aff. umbellatas that I have seen, and it seems to be an easy keeper so far. The new grown comes out more yellow and darkens with age.
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 Marcgravia is very rare, and has only become recently available in the hobby. It came labeled as aff. coriacae ‘Melon’ and is from Ecuador. So far it has been one of the slowest species to grow. The color is an exceptional pink, with slightly green edges. The leaf is a beautiful oval shape, and very small. It resembles the one called ‘Melon’, also out of Ecuador. It is possible they are the same but I do not believe they […]
This pretty Pearcea has serrated silvery-mint colored leaves. In certain conditions the edges will bronze. Like many Pearcea, this is a fast-growing species. It occurs in Ecuador and perhaps elsewhere in South America. It can reach heights of nearly 12″ but often stays smaller if given ample light and nutrients.
This Melastome popped up in a tank of Ecuadorian Marcgravias and grew from seed. It’s about 2 years old now and stands 4″ tall. The leaves are broad but not very sturdy. After a year of growth, it was looking great, but then gradually the older leaves began to brown and rot off. With some monthly dilute fertilizer, it has bounced back and is growing again. On a few occasions I have tried importing Melastomes from Ecuador, they have done […]
This oddball plant from Ecuador is on the temperamental side, and seems to prefer sphagnum over clay or potting soil. It likes low-medium light and has a beautiful purple leaf underside. It grows well on a horizontal branch, and with time may even grow up a mostly vertical surface. So far, it has only reached about 5″ in diameter but may get larger given time. The lower leaves are prone to melting, so take care not to overwater. The more […]
This rare Philodendron is from Ecuador, and has just made its way into cultivation. I have not seen it offered for sale in the US. It is a smaller, more purple verrocosum, staying a similar size (so far) to the dwarf type offered, with 4-5″ leaves. I cannot say for certain that it would not get larger with time, but in the three years I have had it, it has only produced about 8 leaves, and they are all 4″ […]