Greenhouse

 updated 06/05/2020

     The greenhouse provides a place for people to go to relax and get a change of scenery, even in winter.  We have a variety of plants for use in our plant courses and for research.  A pond allows us to have aquatic plants which we were not able to keep in the old greenhouse.  As in the old greenhouse, various animals have found there way into the facility.  Some were brought in intentionally and others have arrived on plants and from the outside environment.

    There is one coy in the pond destined to become larger if it holds to its description.

The following is a set of images depicting a plant which was growing in our old greenhouse from the gravel floor.  This environment was somewhat drier and definitely shadier than the rest of the greenhouse.  I have transplanted most what could find in pots and aquaria.  The plant does not do well in high light and seems to prefer moderate to dry soil.  The plant is susceptible to mildew.  It is a perennial.  The flower structure and color first caught my interest.

I am trying to propagate the plant at home from seeds but very few are produced and even fewer germinate.  All the specimens in the greenhouse are gone.

Someone was finally able to identify this plant.  It is Dorstenia_contrajerva.  It seems to prefer shade and moderate to high humidity.  It does best for me in a terrarium with a grow light.  It has not survived in the new greenhouse.  I have a few seedlings in the terrarium which I will be bringing in to try another location near our misting system.

 

Unknown plant

Dorstenia_contrajerva

seedling of unknown plant

Dorstenia_contrajerva seedling

closeup of flower structure showing seed capsules

Dorstenia_contrajerva close up of flower structure showing seed capsules

leaf form of unknown plant

Dorstenia_contrajerva leaf

Leaf of unknown plant

Dorstenia_contrajerva leaf

Leaf of unknown plant

Dorstenia_contrajerva leaf

flower of unknown plant

Dorstenia_contrajerva flower

Flower of unknown plant

Dorstenia_contrajerva flower

 

Flower closeup of unknown plant

Dorstenia_contrajerva Close up of flower showing developing seeds

Flower closeup showing structure and seed

Dorstenia_contrajerva Close up of flower showing developing seeds

Flower closeup showing structure and seed

Dorstenia_contrajerva Close up of flower showing developing seeds

Flower closeup showing structure

Dorstenia_contrajerva Close up of flower showing developing seeds

 

Flower closeup showing structure

Dorstenia_contrajerva Close up of flower showing developing seeds

Flower closeup showing structure

Dorstenia_contrajerva Close up of flower showing developing seeds