Pearcea hypocyrtiflora is an uncommon gesneriad that has amazingly textured leaves with brightly contrasting veins. There are multiple color variants in the hobby; ours is one that has veins that, in our experience, start out whitish and turn to pink under good light with age. In our cultural conditions the leaves lean from lime green to brown, although again, the plant may grow differently under your care. It has striking, orange, globe-shaped blooms tipped in purple. In our care it likes to ramble and creep, spreading horizontally over time. Our standard 2″ cup specimens are young, typically bearing 4+ leaves and a single stem as shown. That’s the minimum we’re shooting for, although you might get more than that!
General Care Information
This species is generally regarded as an easy grower, although it may experience times of dormancy/slowed growth in the winter. It appreciates high humidity and probably won’t grow well in household conditions; terrarium/vivarium/paludarium only! Being endemic to Ecuador, it also likes warmth. It is worth noting that the leaves can easily reach sizes of over 4-5 inches in length, although that will depend on cultural conditions; ours are usually half that at maturity. This is a relatively manageable plant, reaching heights of only 6-10 inches typically.
About MiniWaters Vivarium Plants
Any plant whose cultivation condition is denoted as “sanitized” has been put through MiniWater’s bleach treatment and have been held in animal-free conditions following this treatment. While we do not guarantee our plants to be disease and pest free, we believe we are offering the lowest-risk plants possible. We encourage all customers to sanitize any plants they purchase from us, or any other vendor or hobbyist, prior to their use with your animals.
Visit www.MiniWaters.fish/vivplants for further details about how we grow our plants animal-free with organic methodologies while integrated pest management protocols, as well as detailed instructions for our bleach-sanitizing process.