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    Default Vivarium plants native to New Zealand/New Caledonia

    Hi guys!

    I'm currently working on making a bio-active enclosure for crested geckos. However, I'm trying to emulate their natural environment, including plants. This has proven to be quite troublesome due to plants from New Caledonia not being available in most stores. So, I compromised and will try to use plant species from New Zealand, or plants that give a close approximation to native plants.

    Currently the list is as follows:

    *Epipremnum Aureum

    *Muehlenbeckia axillaris

    *Lygodium articulatum

    *Grammitis pseudociliata

    *Ctenopteris heterophylla or Notogrammitis heterophylla

    *Pteris vittata

    *Fleshy Tree Orchid - Drymoanthus adversus

    *Bulb Leaf Orchid - Bulbophyllum tuberculatum

    *Ladies Slipper Orchid - Dendrobium cunninghamii

    *Four-leaved peperomia - Peperomia tetraphylla

    *Climbing fern - Pyrrosia serpens

    Most of these plants can't be found in any stores neither in The Netherlands, nor in Germany. So the current selection is:

    *Epipremnum aureum

    *Adiantum Pubescens

    *Nephrolepis spec. Mexico

    *Dryopteris erytrosoria

    *Peperomia Angulata

    If you know more plants, that are quite readily available, and emulate endemic NZ or NC plants, please feel free to share.

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    False aralia (*Schefflera elegantissima*) is occasionally available, at least in Canada -- I have it in one terrarium and it has thrived.
    *Passiflora* vines are invasive in New Caledonia, and they work really well. My geckos love climbing in the vines and hiding among the leaves of *P. caerulea*.
    There is also a genus of *Hoya* native to New Caledonia. You could try another *Hoya* -- they're pretty sturdy. I have one that has tolerated gecko trampling quite well.
    I bet that *Gnetum* would be fantastic, but good luck in getting some!
    3.4.0 Correlophus ciliatus (crested geckos)

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