There are at least three forms of ningmingensis, and I believe this one is the type locality. It slightly resembles B. arachnoidea in the leaf patterns. It is a slower growing species, and of the three ningmingensis types, which all display somewhat drastically different growth habits, this is the one in the middle in terms of difficulty and growth rate. The dark form is the fastest growing of the three, with var. bella being the more difficult and slow growing in […]
This exceptional species is new to cultivation and as its name would indicate, covered in mountainous bumps (bullae). It is distinctly patterned with wide silvery white striping along the largest leaf veins. Between are olive-purple bullae which fade to a more silvery-green with age. This is a slower growing species, found growing on limestone slopes in Vietnam.
This rhizomatous species was collected by Mary Sizemore in Vietnam. It’s leaves are velvety to the touch, and can grow to a little over 6″. It seems to be a resilient but slow growing species. When mature, it develops silver dappling between the larger leaf veins. This species even has fuzzy stems.
Pellionia is a common houseplant and terrarium plant, suited to growing in a wide variety of conditions. It is often grown in a hanging basket, where it will develop thick cascading foliage. In a terrarium, it makes excellent ground cover, and will cover a substrate rather quickly. It also grows as a shingler if positioned to do so. It is one of the easiest plants to grow in a terrarium. It’s native to South-East Asia where it’s found in Vietnam, […]
This tuberous species was described in 2018. I promised myself no tubers, but, this one was too pretty. It doesn’t do well with drying out (as pictured below, a wilty plant after too much time spent out of a terrarium). It seems to be on the tricky side, as it’s thin leaves are quick to melt or mold. Darrin Norton (mountainorchids.com) suggests an 8 week period of no water at the end of the growing season for cycling.