This is a newer species to cultivation from Ecuador. It has distinctive purple-pink leaf venation that runs in a somewhat irregular pattern. The stem is a nice ruby red. Like many Marcgravias, it usually only produces immature foliage in a terrarium. The leaves are small and pointed, no longer than .5 inches in the immature state. The Condor are mountains in the eastern Andes that occur in Ecuador and Peru. Much of the forest is relatively untouched still, and it […]
This species was described in 1959 by Edgar Irmischer. It is a rhizomatous species native to Brazil. It is said to be syn. with U304. The leaf undersides are a beautiful rosy pink, as are the stems. Foliage is greenish-purple, with cream or pale green leaf venation. The leaves grow very closely together, forming a compact mound. The leaves are tilted upwards in my experience. There are hundreds of hairs on each leaf, which are pink, giving the leaves a […]
This is the green form of this Pearcea, not often seen, and it seems to be quite a bit slower and less vigorous than the standard form. I received one very small plant years ago and just this year do I have plants available. I have not yet seen the flower, but suspect it’s the same bulbous orange blooms as the standard type. The leaves can reach 6″ but it often stays around 4-5″ in the terrarium. The foliage is […]
The genus this plant belongs to is somewhat unclear but it has been suggested to be a Drymonia. It has flowered for at least one person, but I can’t for the life of me find the picture.Whatever it is, it seems to be one of those that either does really well and grows vigorously or is very finicky. Once established, it is fast, and can get much larger than pictured here (leaves a few inches long). It climbs up a […]
This easy to grow species occurs throughout South and Central America. The leaves reach about 1.5 inches long (and not so wide). It is a wonderful species to use if you’d like a cascade of green over a branch, as it has a tendency to grow pendently when planted up high. Stems are ruby red most of the time but fade to pink in the shade. It is a vigorous species that can be grown as a houseplant so long […]
This small rosette forming Peperomia is a wonderful terrarium specimen, only reaching 6-8 inches and having a very compact growth habit. It is easy to grow and has wonderfully marked leaves, with a wide silvery-green stripe down the midvein, and dark maroon and red on the rest of the leaf. Peperomia metallica is a Colombian species, but this one looks a bit different from the standard metallica so I am unsure if this one also originates from Colombia. Either way, […]
This exceptional Peperomia is from Santo Domingo in NW Ecuador. It is perhaps the most corrugated species I have observed, and it only gets nicer with age. It is slower growing but not difficult to grow and is rosette-forming. The foliage remains a dark green, with slight silvery tints along the largest corrugations and the leaf edges.
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 […]