Biophytum sp. Ecuador


This species has red new growth and stays a similar size and shape to soukupii, only attaining a 4″ spread.  It also tends to stay around 3-4″, however, every so often I have a plant that grows to about 10″ tall!   I suspect in search of light.  The diameter at this height does not grow to match, but stays the usualy 4″ or so.  The undersides of this species are red, and it flowers easily.

Photos are of the flower of a recently imported plant, and below, two weeks later the seeds are visible. There were approximately 14 seeds present in this flower. It is best to harvest seeds immediately when you see them (same day) because they drop very quickly once the pod bursts and are difficult to find.  Alternatively you can allow them to drop and grow at the base of the mother plant, but this usually results in less seedlings as there is competition for light, nutrients, etc. It is additionally easier to plant seeds rather than repot seedlings, as their root structures are delicate and they don’t always take well to being moved.

These plants go to ‘sleep’ at night and with stress or touch, so when receiving your plant, do not be surprised if it is rather deflated looking.  It should bounce back within 2-3 days.  

The last photo is representative of the plants available.  They are well rooted and shipped meticulously in their pots.

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