Species: Marcgravia sp. âWhite Seam
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. âWhite Seamâ is one of the more particular species to work with. It seems to be very temperamental to having cuttings taken. This species also seems to be temperamental about water quality and temperature. If you can satisfy itsâ desires though, the reward is breathe taking. The leaves have a small white seam around the edges that looks amazing when you see it in person. Glass Box Tropicals typically only offers a handful of cuttings each year of this plant due to its slow growth habit and finicky nature to being trimmed.
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: 8
Shipped Size: 6-8 leaf tip cutting. Should be rooted in moist long fiber sphagnum moss.