Species: Biophytum sp. Ecuador
Native to: Ecuador
Temperature preferences: Warm to cool growing
Water preferences: High moisture
Terrestrial or Epiphytic: Terrestrial
General Information and Care: Biophytum sp. Ecuador is another great Biophytum that Glass Box Tropicals offers. Many people love this species due to the unique appearance which is often compared to a miniature palm tree. This unique appearance is what really makes it stand out in any terrarium. This species does prefer to be very moist to wet though, and especially have its roots in a wet substrate. In the wild it is usually found growing in a marshy/boggy area, or directly next to streams or waterfalls where there is constant moisture. The overall size of this species is typically about 5-7 in diameter. Additionally, this species has bright pink to almost purple blooms. The blooms will open intermittently throughout the year. It is possible to harvest seeds from this species and germinate them.
*At night the leaves of this species will fold up. Do not be alarmed if you look at night and see them like this, it is a characteristic of this plant. The leaves may also do this when the plant is stressed. If when receiving this plant, the leaves are closed, simply just plant it and allow it to adjust and they will reopen.
Glass Box Tropicals Plant Care Rating: 6
Shipped Size: Well rooted plant grown in a 2.5â pot, may be shipped in pot or bare root