Species: Marcgravia sp. Ecuador Pink Vein
Native to: Ecuador
Temperature preferences: Cool to warm growing
Water preferences: High to medium moisture
Terrestrial or Epiphytic: Epiphytic
General Information and Care: Marcgravia sp. Ecuador Pink Vein is one of the more interesting species introduced to the US hobby from Ecuador. This species stands out from many of the others due to the bright pink venation that it exhibits. The macro pictures above show this extremely well. Also, as this species grows, the leaves quickly change to have more of a point at the tip distinguishing it from many of the other species as well.
As with all of the other Marcgravias that Glass Box Tropicals offers, this is considered to be a shingling type of plant. Shingling plants are vines that are prone to climb up towards the light. The leaves, many times, almost appear to form themselves to the surface that they are growing on. This is true whether it is your background or a piece of driftwood. Also, it should be noted that no Marcgravias seem to like water sitting on their leaves for long periods of time.
Marcgravias are found throughout Central and South America, as well as in the Caribbean. In their natural habitat, they are typically found growing up tree trunks in the rainforest. Before flowering, Marcgravias send out lateral branches with mature foliage (mature foliage differs from the typical foliage customers will see in their terrarium and in the pictures provided). It is these lateral branches that the plant will then bloom from.
Glass Box Tropicals Plant Care Rating: 5
Shipped Size: 6-8 leaf tip cutting