This Episcia is native to French Guiana and does wonderfully in terrarium conditions. It will grow partially up a wood surface or over substrate. The leaves are under 4″ when full grown, and flowers are fringed white with purple in the center.
This distinctively marked Marcgravia (no pun intended) is from Ecuador and seems to be one of the easier species to grow, and is rather quick once established. The intense white leaf venation gets more dramatic as the plant matures, with new foliage looking rather bland in comparison. The maroon stem offers a nice contrast.
A very classical looking fern from Ecuador that happens to be a filmy! It has opaque fronds that have a nice silvery sheen to them. It is one of the few filmys that I’m growing that actually looks like it’s thriving, so perhaps one of the hardier species out there! So far it’s been very slow for me but maybe once better established picks up speed?
This Pilea is somewhat unique in it’s growth habit. Many Pileas grow in a rosette, and some trailing pileas move across the ground in a similar fashion to creeping Peperomias. This is somewhat of a hybrid, in that it grows a full little rosette, and then sends out a horizontal stem a few inches away, and grows another full looking rosette. It makes beautiful little colonies this way and doesn’t end up looking ‘shrubby’ like many Pileas. Here it is […]
This falls outside of what we usually post about, but this spider was too pretty not to put on here! She (?) lives in my garden on some flowers. The whole time I took pictures she stayed perfectly still! A little ant crawled on the flower, and while the spiders eyes didn’t move, in this picture it appears as if she is looking down at the little ant!
This lovely Selaginella was found in the Cordillera del Condor, Ecuador. It was very sparsely growing, this photograph showing most of what was seen. The area was around 1900m elevation, and in proximity to one population of Excidobates condor. Rio Blanco was close by, a perfect namesake for this white Selaginella!
It seems remarkable that there is even enough chlorophyll in this plant to grow, as in high light it becomes a stark white. Most plants stand about three inches tall, with the end few inches or two hanging down, sometimes touching the substrate again. It is difficult to capture in photographs but it has a very lacy appearance. It occurs in Peru and perhaps elsewhere.