Small and unusual plants for a terrarium or vivarium

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Small and unusual plants for a terrarium or vivarium

Postby waretrop » Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:56 pm

I want not just the common plants that will stay small or that we can keep cut back in my terrarium.Maybe we can all add to this list.

Can you see my little orchid? It's in bloom.See it hanging in my Bonsai?
Can anyone add some other, less common, plants? Barb
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Postby waretrop » Thu Feb 17, 2005 2:57 pm

Here are 2 more little things:
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Mantella Guy

Postby Mantella Guy » Thu Feb 17, 2005 3:23 pm

Do you have any of these for sale or will take cuttings? They look great tough.
Brooks

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Postby waretrop » Thu Feb 17, 2005 3:39 pm

I was hoping to have someone add to this list.
I am having trouble adding my picutres the way I want.
I may have cuttings in the future.

I was fooling around in the greenhouse with these plants and pictures and the watering system turned on. I got soaked.Barb
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Postby Rivetchick » Fri Feb 18, 2005 12:34 am

Here is a plant that i am going to use when i set up my new vivarium in a month or so. i'm not sure how "rare" it is, but i have never seen it in a nursery or garden store in my area and it is really very neat. my grandmother gave me a slip of it to use as ground cover in some of my potted plants. she called it "pregnant plant", but that name goes with so many, who knows what it is truly named. the specimen i scanned for my pic has been living in the laundry room under a sun lamp, so it is really not very good representative of what this plant looks like in its ideal state. It flowers and has a fat, purple bulb, with many green broad spotted leaves, and numerous bulbs are constantly sprouting from its base. these spread like mad and small animals love them. if i had not given almost all of this variety away to friends before winter, i would have a better slip to show. if anyone knows more about this plant please let me know. thanks, ~Lauren
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1.1.1 Hawaiian Auratus (reticulated), 1.2.2 Leucomelas, 3.2.1 Cobalt Tincs, 1.0.0 Kauluha & Creme / Camo Auratus, 2.0.1 Yelloback Tincs, 0.0.4 Azureus, 1.1.0 Spotted Auratus

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Postby Rivetchick » Fri Feb 18, 2005 1:19 am

here is another clump of the "pregnant plant" with no leaves (dormant). this just shows how it reproduces in clumps and with abundance.
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Postby waretrop » Fri Feb 18, 2005 7:31 am

You have Lebeboria socialis there,Rivetchick. It doesn't get too tall but does become large clumps as you well know.Very nice plant. I have that.

That is not a pregnant onion.Ornithogalum longibracteatum is a sea onion.That is a much bigger plant.

I am not sure that either would do well in a moist place.Barb

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Postby waretrop » Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:06 am

Here is another good one.



I have this 'great wall of wire' in my greenhouse just over my my pond that has gobs of little moisture loving things. This is where these little things usually set.As soon as I get my terrarium properly balanced and well planted these little plants will be placed into it. No frogs yet. :( I should be ready by May. :D Barb
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Postby waretrop » Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:23 am

Here is another orchid that will go very well in a terrarium.Barb
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Postby mack » Mon Jul 04, 2005 11:04 am

i don't have a digital camera, so can only sorta keep up with ya'll. also i'd like the full name of things, i can figure out what o. stands for, but am unsure of some others. i think utricularia is nice, and it's very tough and loves humidity and many types also like frog temps. i'm not sure how well the flowers will stand up to frog traffic, but it is an idea. at the very worst it is an alternative to moss as ground cover. it might be wise to use a bit of caution (especially with the oh-so-tempting ones which grow in broms) as they are carnivorous and some have larger traps than others. the traps range from pinhead size to almost matchhead sized, but they can catch prey larger than themselves and "chew" a "bite" at a time while holding the prey fast. this would only possibly be a problem to the tinniest of tads. maybe not even then (i don't have any thumbnails yet, so don't have a grasp of how small they hatch out), but they can eat the fry of small fish species. u.sandersonii is commonly available and very hard to kill (except with hard water), and the flowers really do look like evil little bunnyrabbits. gibba is another easy one which is primarily aquatic, but seems to only bloom when the water recedes, so maybe train it up out of the water too. is this too long winded? also try a search for "ant plants" to see some oddball beauties which people keep with darts.

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Postby mack » Mon Jul 04, 2005 11:14 am

p.s. i was unsure if giving a plug for a business is okay here, but just saw that someone suggested black jungle. they have a beautiful site, and you should also try cloud jungle epiphytes. cj has the biggest selection i've seen yet, and are really nice and helpful. i've not yet had the pleasure of ordering from glass amazon, but understand that they are wonderful, and i think they are on this site as "AceKing"

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Postby AceKing » Tue Jul 05, 2005 3:10 pm

Thanks man, we can always use a good plug. Are you on DB as B mack.
Our Favorite plants are peperomias, Dischidia, and begonia. especially
P. metallica columbiania, P. Costa Rica, and Begonia Rajah.
Other than ourselves the #1 plant guy i recommend is Cloud Jungle.

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Postby mack » Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:47 am

I
also saw someone on this board as some initial then mack. but my name is really mack(on my birth certificate), so what i'm gonna do?

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squill

Postby 13013 » Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:19 pm

" Lebeboria socialis " i wasn't familiar with the scientific name, this plant we picked up from a customer; ours looked equally ill originally... i was also considering putting it into my tank too. tons of culture info can be found under the common name of "squill" violet squill i believe was what the customer called ours. it thrived in our shop under the shade of a begonia amongst many other random plants on a set of 400 watt halides raised high over a 3x6ft. the humidity maintains between 45-55 percent depending on the outdoor season in our shop... it grew about 8x it's size in half as many months, and flowered constantly...

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Re: Small and unusual plants for a terrarium or vivarium

Postby Todd S. » Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:36 am

How about Pilea glauca?
Begonia 'Red Planet'
Begonia 'Abu Dhabi'
Begonia luzonensis
Selaginella uncinata
Selaginella erythropus
Selaginella serpens
Selaginella sericea
Rhaphidophora cryptantha
Ludisia discolor
Macodes petola
Ficus SP Panama
Philodendron 'Wend-imbe'
Begonia burkillii

Thats what i can think of off the top of my head

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Re: Plants and decorations

Postby Paul » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:55 pm

waretrop wrote:Here are 2 more little things:


I know this post is 6 years old but NO WAY will a Begonia Bowrae stay small.

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Re: Small and unusual plants for a terrarium or vivarium

Postby Todd S. » Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:03 am

Begonia bowerae will not stay small. However Begonia bowerae var. nigramara will stay quite tiny.

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Re: Small and unusual plants for a terrarium or vivarium

Postby EntoCraig » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:15 pm

I use various 'Crypts' which are typical aquatic in many of my vivs.

Cryptocoryne Parva is one of the smallest. Cryptocoryne wendtii is an excellent choice as well.

I also use 'HC' aka Dwarf Baby Tears or Hemianthus callitrichoides. It is a carpeting plants that will grow will in moist substrates or on anything porous and wet.

I find that there are a lot of 'Aquatic' plants that do expectational well in Frog tanks, likely because of the constant misting and humidity.

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Re: Small and unusual plants for a terrarium or vivarium

Postby Philsuma » Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:14 am

Some great pics here.

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Re: Small and unusual plants for a terrarium or vivarium

Postby Hayden » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:12 pm

I know this is an old thread but what is the plant in the second post, first picture? Looks awesome!

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