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Species: Marcgravia sp. Red – Umbellata
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. Red – Umbellata is in our opinion one of the easier growing species, but also offers amazing coloration. The new growth on this species under higher light (as shown in the picture) can appear red to almost pink with amazing veination. Under normal lighting (which the plant grows better under), it can stay more green with less obvious markings. As the leaves mature they turn a deep green that can appear slightly iridescent under certain lighting with amazing patterning, better than Marc. umbellata in our opinion. This species as with several others seems to branch very readily, allowing it to quickly fill in a background. Overall a great species that we use in one of our personal terrariums and greatly enjoy.
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.
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