Here you will find an interesting assortment of both unusual and rare plants native to tropical rain forests across the globe. Many can be grown in containers or pots and enjoyed as houseplants or patio plants, while others are small enough to be grown in terrariums or vivariums. Some even grow as epiphytes or lithophytes and can be mounted to wood, bark or rock.
Browse through our tropical plant selections below and click on any image to see a close up.
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- Carnivorous Plants
- Live Mosses
- Jewel Orchids
- Other Orchids
- Tropical Plants and Ferns
About the Dischidia species
Dischidias are an interesting and sometimes bizarre group of epiphytic vines from the Indo Pacific region. They are well suited to terrarium and houseplant culture since they remain relatively small and are undemanding.
Several species in the genus have evolved to develop a symbiotic relationship with ants. As a result, some have developed specialized leaf structures and appendages to encourage ants to build nests within them. In return for the ready made shelters, the ants provide fertilizer for the plant as well as guarding against leaf eating insect invaders.
Some Dischidias have not evolved to attract ants but it is interesting to note that these are nearly always found growing around ant nests.
Since they are epiphytes, Dischidias should never be planted in regular potting soil. A mixture of fine bark and peat moss or coir works well. Sphagnum moss also works well but should not be kept too wet. Dischidias will grow up onto tree fern poles or flats as well as cork bark. They should never be exposed to temperatures below 55 F. Ants are not required to successfully grow Dischidias.