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Old 03-31-2017, 03:37 PM
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And the list goes on and on, lol. It can be overwhelming sometimes and I have to stop and try to imagine what this is all going to look like. But oh well, if a plant doesn't work out you can always try another.

NEHERP is a nice shop for supplies, Exo terra lights are cheaper there and some other exo terra supplies are as well. I tried a moss package of theirs, not a slurry, a pad of moss to tear apart and poke pieces in where you want it to grow. It has done well and I've been happy with it.

Sounds like you have a nice selection picked out!
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Opps. You have all the orchids. Try mosses and, as someone else suggested mini ferns. Surely Columbia has their own types. Good luck!
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What about pings ?
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I forgot all about Pings. There's at least one, Ping. calyptrata, grom Ecuador and Columbia. I'll have so see if I can find a supplier.
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Try dendroboard.com, a dart frog site that has tons of info regarding biotopic planted setups. I've seen at least a few nice Ecuadorian biotopes on there. Also the Rare Terrarium Plant Classifieds/Collection groups on Facebook. The proprietor of Equaflor-A, Gilberto Merino, is a member and exports a lot of nice plants to the US. You should be able to source plenty of terrarium-suitable Ecuadorian Peperomias, ferns, gesneriads, ericads, aroids, Marcgravia, etc. through those sources.
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Excellent, thank you for those sources. I've submitted a request for the FB group and had completely forgot about Equaflor-A. I've already found some possibilities there.
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Just a little progress update.

I finished the hardscape yesterday and got some plants in today. Still waiting on most the orchids and the aquatics, so it still looks pretty barren. I have also ID'd two local species of moss that can also be found in Ecuador and Colombia. I am waiting for the snow to finish melting and spring to bloom so I can go hunt for some.



Left side, front to back:
Peperomia meridiana
Dryadella cristata
Peperomia serpens 'Variegated'

Middle, left to right:
Selaginella erythropus
Pilea glauca

Right, left-right
Masd. auropurpurea
Peperomia caperata

I cannot with 100% confidence say that all the non-orchids are from Ecuador or Columbia. So, I will have to say it is a northern South America biotope.
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Another vendor I've found with a lot of miniature, other plants is Glass Box Tropicals. They have a lot of terrarium plants and they too are very nice and helpful when looking for specific plants. I found a Platystele umbellata there after looking forever for one! It is huge compared to most I've seen pictures of and it bloomed for weeks. I would definitely look at Glass Box, I think they are overlooked, they have a nice selection.

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I bought my Dryadella cristata from Glass Box Tropicals too.
Thanks for the tip on Glass Box Tropicals!
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