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″ […]
This small fern has a wide distribution, found throughout South America, mainland Africa and Madagascar It usually is seen at higher elevations forming little colonies. The fine roots will produce new plantlets, which help the colony to spread. Everything about this delicate fern is attractive, even the old dried leaves add a special touch. The fronds only reach about 3″. From Ferns of the World, “A relatively common grammitid, Cochldium serrulatum forms small colonies via root proliferations. The leaf dimorphism is diagnostic. Cochlidium serrulatum is occasionally […]