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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Nov 16, 2019 7:30 AM CST
My 'houseplants' have been doing great. Who knew? I love growing terrarium style in open top old aquariums.
My Alocasia cuprea is trying to bust out the top!
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The newest leave is dessert plate size
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The little undescribed Solanum sp. vine from Black Jungle has gone from a teeny 5" cutting to a multi-vines plant, one arm of which has run 2 feet over the floor and all the way up the side and out of the tank. (Need to redirect it or attach some sort of totem for it to continue on). Its leaves have gone from less than 1/2 inch to over an inch and are becoming fluted on the sides
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Orchids doing great! Masdevallia horrida always in bloom
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Marcgravias have taken off in a big way
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Dischidia imbricata has grown at least 6". Another velvety little Marcgravia
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Its a jungle in there!
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Alocasia infernalis loving the high light. Look at those anthocyanins emerging in the newest leaf!
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I'm pleased with my tank. Its so much more fun (for me) doing it this way than growing everything out is separate little pots.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Plumerias Orchids Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Ursula
Nov 16, 2019 7:52 AM CST
That looks healthy!! Did I spot a Ludisia discolor in there?
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Nov 16, 2019 8:38 AM CST
Yes! I have a few Ludisias and a couple Rattlesnake orchids. I am unsure of the exact names on the Rattlesnakes....the tags were lost years ago. They were rescues from the greenhouse.

One of the things I like about growing in these planted aquaria is that you can visualize the root systems on a lot of the plants
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This is one of my smaller tanks
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And the red backside of the Alocasia cuprea leaves are so stunning with the light shining through from above

Close up in smaller tank
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The humidity is easy to keep 80-90% in here too with the water layer in the aliflor in the bottoms evaporating up and using the foggers once or twice a day. The Jewel Alocasias and orchids love it
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 16, 2019 8:54 AM CST
Wonderful! Thumbs up
Usually Orchids like Goodyera pubescens and similar are called commonly Rattlesnake Orchids.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Nov 16, 2019 9:11 AM CST
I'll show you you may know. I had a couple types. Goodyera, Anoectochilus...its the one to the right of the Ludisia in photo #3
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Plumerias Orchids Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Ursula
Nov 16, 2019 9:32 AM CST
Those beautifully reddish patterned leaves to the right are surely Anoectochilus.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Nov 16, 2019 12:06 PM CST
Ahhh!!!! I have the tag for that one. Just did not have it on a plant. If I can find it...
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Nov 16, 2019 12:18 PM CST
Can;t find it. I had a Macodes too and a Dossinia
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Nov 16, 2019 1:13 PM CST
@Ursula at one time I was possessed of Macodes sanderiana x Ludisia discolor var. alba, Anoectochilus chiapaensis, and Dossinia marmorata in addition to Ludisia discolor. I also have 2 other tiny starts of a jewel that I found in the GH in my other tank....let me photograph them, I will add them to this post as an edit

This is one of them. They have not grown by leaps and bounds since I brought them in, the stems are nice and firm though. They were very tiny with I found them whilst weeding one day
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Plumerias Orchids Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Ursula
Nov 16, 2019 3:00 PM CST
Would it help if I post some old "Jewel Orchid" pictures of mine?
The Ludisia discolor is surely the easiest. There is also a black version of that around, it looks the same without the veining.
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Ludisia discolor v. nigricans
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Macodes petola
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Anoectochilus chapaensis
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Goodyera schlechtendaliana
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Cyclopogon elatus
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Stenorrhynchos speciosum
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Hope that helps a bit?.

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