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The site is updated on a regular basis with new posts that cover a variety of subjects relating to ornamental tropical horticulture and the natural history of the New World tropics.

 Please check back here often to find out what has just been posted and what we are currently working on.


Middle American Epiphytic Cacti Part I: Disocactus and Related - December 1, 2018

Epiphytic and hemiepiphytic cacti (Family Cactaceae, tribe Hylocereeae) are some of the most interesting understory plants of Neotropical ecosystems. (Read more…)


Columnea: Some Parrot Feather Foliage - November 24, 2018

It is a rather curious fact that – despite the family’s longstanding global popularity as windowsill, terrarium and greenhouse plants - some of the most attractive gesneriads have eluded ornamental horticulture until relatively recently. (Read more…)


Meet Los Esotéricos - November 21, 2018

For those wondering who’s behind the words and images on Exotica Esoterica, some photos from the workplace in our Latin American offices. (Read more…)


Neotropical Blueberries - November 14, 2018

Among the many once-obscure groups of plants that have been popularized by “the internet effect” are New World lowland tropical and cloud forest members of the Ericaceae family, now commonly known as “Neotropical blueberries”…(Read more)


The Passionflorist - October 17, 2018

You don’t need a lot of space to grow passion flowers, unless you grow a lot of them.

Gustavo Morales grows a lot of them…(Read more)


The Secret Lives of Mesoamerican Slipper Orchids - October 13, 2018

Slipper orchids (Subfamily Cypripedioideae) are a very popular group of plants in cultivation. The search for novelties and rare slipper orchid species has launched many ships since the 1800's…(Read more)


Nepenthes veitchii - October 3, 2018

Among the bewildering array of remarkable Nepenthes species in cultivation today, a few of the discoveries from the 19th century still stand out. The unique Bornean endemic, N. veitchii, is among the best of them…(Read more)


A Field Guide to the Fantasy Aloes of North America - September 28, 2018

Dwarf “fantasy aloes”, otherwise known as “tabletop aloes”, “eccentric” dwarf aloes or “Kelly Griffin-type” aloes, are very much in vogue now as part of the larger global succulent craze… (Read more)


Aroids: A Slideshow - September 22, 2018

A presentation given recently on aroid diversity, conservation priorities and cultivation…(Read more)


Anthurium wendlingeri  Velvet Leaf, Pendent Panamanian Prize - August 24, 2018

Among the many striking tropical aroids in cultivation, a well-grown Anthurium wendlingeri is a definite standout in any collection...(Read more)


WTF? (What's That Flower?) - August 23, 2018

Just to hone your botanical identification skills, once a month we'll post a photo of flower/s that are definitely not from your local garden center...(Read more)


Orchid Addiction? Tips to get Sobr (alia) - August 21, 2018

Mention "Sobralia" to most orchid growers and they will probably groan and roll their eyes...(Read more)


The Big Five: Commonly-cultivated Caudexed Ant Plants - August 17, 2018

I must admit that the caudexed ant plants (Rubiaceae, subtribe Hydnophytinae) from Malesia, New Guinea, Fiji and northeastern Australia need a snappy new name. “Ant plant” is too vague a term to circumscribe them...(Read more)


Platycerium madagascariense  Waffles and Dream - August 14, 2018

Platycerium madagascariense is a remarkable and very sought-after staghorn fern species. (Read more...)


Páramo - August 12, 2018

When E.C. Pielou wrote the chapter on Nunataks, Refugia and Relicts in her textbook entitled “Biogeography” (1979), she was clearly thinking of Greenland, Canada and Scandinavia. When I read it, the term “nunatak” immediately caught my attention, since the description gave me the perfect mental image I’ve always had of the origin of páramos since my first visit to these extraordinary biotopes as a child. (Read more...)


La Casa De Los Cusucos - August 6, 2018

From early 1994 onward through late 2014, my home in a quiet, wooded neighborhood in the once aptly-named Vista Hermosa area of Guatemala City, Guatemala was where I began an informal apprenticeship on how to grow delicate tropical plants under the challenging conditions that outdoors cultivation can pose anywhere. (Read more...)