Rules and Stuff
1) It's probably possible to vote more than once per poll, but please don't. If I believe that someone is voting repeatedly, I will throw out those results, repost the poll, and seriously question that person's priorities.
2) If you want to link to a poll on Twitter / Facebook / your blog / whatever and encourage your friends to come and pump up the support for your favorite plants, you are encouraged to do so.
3) You are also encouraged to leave comments on Rumble posts, if so moved.
4) All photos will enlarge if opened in a separate window/tab.
5) You can choose which plant is "best" according to whatever criteria you decide for yourself. My personal process is a bit convoluted.1
6) All polls will be open for three days.
Results, matches 1.33 to 1.36:
I was surprised by how close match 1.33 (Dionaea muscipula vs. Pilea mollis 'Moon Valley') turned out to be. I figured carnivorous plants would inspire strong feelings either for or against, and that whichever it was, pro- or anti-, almost everyone would feel the same way about venus flytraps. Instead, Dionaea just barely squeezed past Pilea, 54 to 49.
In match 1.34, by contrast, Aeschynanthus spp. whaled on Ardisia crenata so hard that its grand-seedlings are going to feel it, winning by 22 to 68.
Dionaea muscipula and Aeschynanthus spp. will face one another in match 2.17, on 11 October.
In match 1.35, Aechmea fasciata whipped Rhapis excelsa by 58 to 35.
Spathiphyllum cvv. KO'd Coffea arabica 62 to 36 in match 1.36. Neither of these surprised me much, but I'm a lot happier about one than I am about the other.
Aechmea fasciata and Spathiphyllum cvv. will cross swords on 11 October as well, in match 2.18.
On to today's bouts --
Adenium obesum (desert rose) vs. Episcia cvv. (flame violet)
Middle row, L-R: Episcia NOID, E. 'Pink Acajou,' E. NOID.
Bottom row, L-R: Episcia 'Silver Skies,' E. NOID.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia (zz plant) vs. Alocasia amazonica 'Polly' (african mask plant)
Ficus benjamina (weeping fig) vs. Begonia rex-cultorum cvv. (rex begonia)
Asplenium nidus / antiquum (bird's-nest fern) vs. Haworthia spp.
Middle row, L-R: Haworthia limifolia var. ubomboensis, H. cymbiformis (?), assortment.
Bottom row, L-R: Haworthia attenuata, H. limifolia var. limifolia.
1 I'm deciding according to a hypothetical situation in which all of my houseplants are gone, as are all the other houseplants of the world, except for one producer/supplier/retailer. Said person is offering to restock me with one or the other of the plants in question but refuses to give me both. Which one would I choose?