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Plants from Africa

Eco-System: Rain Forest

You may be able to find some of these plants in your local nursery. Some of the more exotic plants may be difficult to find.

  • Anubias (Anubias) - You can find Anubias occasionally as aquarium plants.
  • Asparagus fern (Asparagus falcatus) - Ground plant; do not leave this plant around or in standing water.
  • Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus) - This is a hanging version of the Asparagus fern. You must provide adequate drainage for this plant to survive.
  • Chlorophytum (Chlorophytum comosum) - This plant can be both a ground and hanging plant. Warm conditions can have detrimental effects to this plant.
  • Dracena (Dracaena deremensis) - This is a ground plant, and grows very quickly. You must prune the plant or it will take over the enclosure. The cut off pieces develop roots rather quickly, so the cuttings can be used again.
  • Dracena (Dracaena sanderiana, Dracena godseffiana ) - This is also a ground plant, but not nearly as hardy as Dracaena deremensis. These plants are only suitable for small, quiet lizards.
  • Stephanotis (Stephanotis floribunda) - Ground growing plant. Like vines, this plant will grow around and up the branches in the aquarium. Stephanotis also blooms.

Eco-System: Desert

Many of the desert plants should be readily available from your local nursery, as these desert plants are commonly used as household plants.

  • Aloe (Aloe arborescens) - Use this variety of Aloe in large enclosures only, as it will grow very large.
  • Aloe (Aloe variegata) - Much smaller than Aloe arborescens, use for small lizards.
  • Bowstring Hemp (Sansevieria trifasciata) - Sizes can vary for this plant, also needs to be watered often.
  • Gasteria (Gasteria) - Very easy to maintain; this plant may be a little harder to find.
  • Haworthia (Haworthia) - Suitable for small lizards; this plant may be a little harder to find.
  • Jade plants (Crassula falcata, Crassula portulacea) - These plants need to be changed often and new branches develop very quickly.
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