Species: Marcgravia sp.'Mimii'
Common name(s): Shingling Vine, Marcgravia
Native to: Ecuador
Temperature preferences: Warm growing
Water preferences: Medium moisture
Terrestrial or Epiphytic: Terrestrial
General Information and Care: Marcgravia sp. 'Mimii' is another rare species that Glass Box Tropicals offers. This plant has a beautiful light green to dark green appearance and has reddish to bronze new growth. Additionally, the leaves have an amazed scalloped margin that really adds some interest. The leaves of this species get to be similar in size to Marcgravia sintenisii, with them seeming to get up to around 3" in a terrarium. The cutting that you are sent may have the larger leaves or may have smaller leaves from a newer vine. Both will typically already have aerial roots and are very easy to establish. Color on the leaves that you receive may vary as well depending on how high of light they have been in.
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: 7
Shipped Size: 6-8 leaf tip cutting. Should be rooted in moist long fiber sphagnum moss.