Species: Marcgravia sp. âSmall Roundâ
Temperature preferences: Cool to warm growing
Water preferences: High to medium moisture
Terrestrial or Epiphytic: Epiphytic
General Information and Care: Marcgravia sp. âSmall Roundâ is one of the smallest Marcgravia species that Glass Box Tropicals offers. As the name implies, the immature leaves are extremely small and very round in appearance. The leaves can be compared to that of the size of Peperomia emarginella. In the macro shots above you can see it in comparison to the size of a penny to see how small it really is. One of the great things about this species is even though it is extremely small, it branches very readily. Due to this characteristic, it can make a great effect on a background by quickly covering it. The coloration that the leaves exhibit also makes this an outstanding specimen.
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: 6
Shipped Size: 6-8 leaf tip cutting