Hi, I am Rory, also known as Biotaman. For the past four years I have been recording all the living things I find. I have a yearly dialogue which I archive. I hope to archive them after the fifth year. The 2011 session has already started. Very few of the 2010 plants survived, and i am at a point right now where i have to disinclude my scorpion for that season and now include as part of the new season. As such, the new season starts. Down below in the life list are the permanent species. So far, Biobank has a total of 35. May 13th, 2011 8:33 PM

I have in my possession now a number of plants that I have already bought. They include boston fern (my first non-seed plant), Monk Orchid (from Florida), Easter Cactus, panda plant, sedum rupestre, a cissus plant, a wild-caught florida strangler fig, indian laurel fig, sacred fig, and a goldfish plant. As such, I have already gotten a majority of species this year. pages will need to be made. May 13th, 2011 8:36

The scorpion will have a question mark in front of it as I will not know about its status in the collection until September. For legal reasons, I will be housing it in a legal state. As such, it is now essentially my first 'wild card' species. May 14th, 2011 6:57 PM

i have bought a new sedum rupestre and have discarded the panda plant. while the scorpion is not 'discarded', it will not be included here until i found out its fate in september. June 1st, 2011 1:43 PM

I have received a coontie in the mail. this will be a big year of cycads. June 6th, 2011 12:25 PM

I have received a cardboard palm in the mail. June 9th, 2011 8:05 PM

I have received a council tree and ginkgo in the mail. June 15th, 2011 8:54 PM

I have also received a bonus species of Ficus craterostoma. June 15th, 2011

I have discarded the sedum rupestre as it is failing. June 16th, 2011 12:22 PM

I have had to discard the grape ivy and boston fern which i bought from walmart as they now have mites. while the mites are a living thing, i am not currently studying them. this will also be the last time i ever by any plant from walmart. i previously bought a coontie cycad from there and the same problem happened. a nice cycad yet eventually smothered in mites which also killed the edible fig (Ficus carica) which I bought from a local farmers market. such a shame. i guess i learned a new lesson today. just because its sold for cheap doesn't mean the supplier has any considerations. i say this to anyone who reads this. don't by plants from walmart as they will have mites, regardless of whether or not they're easy to get rid of. June 19th, 2011 11:08 PM

The Ficus craterostoma which i received as a bonus plant is not doing well and the leaves have fallen off and despite being put in soil and watered is failing. it will not be included. June 20th, 2011 3:01 PM

The coontie is dying. nevertheless, i am buying a new and bigger one and will be reincluded shortly. June 27th, 2011 11:06 AM

Even though I thought the Ficus ceratostoma wasn't making it, it still has retained leaves that have not fallen off. Also, since I have left it outside in the sunlight and it has rained, it may have got some nutrients. I will not re-include right now, but I will now giving the plant some food. June 28th, 2011 3:46 PM

I have purchased a english ivy and golden pothos. June 28th, 2011 7:48

I will include the Ficus craterostoma. however, i also realize that i may not be successful. if i am successful, then i have a unique fig species. June 28th, 2011 7:54 PM

I have received my new coontie June 30th, 2011 7:48

i know i was going to give the craterostoma a second shot, but its showing absolutely no new growth and there are very few roots. goodbye craterostoma. July 1st, 2011 8:21

i am starting to believe that my so-called 'nematanthus wettsteinii' is actually a Nematanthus 'black gold'. if so, this is a species of as of now untraceable hybrid origin. therefore the goldfish plant will no longer be included. July 9th, 2011 8:55 PM

i need to make some space for my collection and i have had to make a difficult in discarding my two new zamias as they are not rooting well. i have a big cycad project in mind for the future which will require other more expensive species. i don't have time for seedlings as i do for established plants and i am trying much harder this year to establish Ginkgo biloba before i start examining the cycads in further depth. this has been a rough year but i'll still hang on. July 13th, 2011 7:38 PM

it looks like after trying to save the two zamia species, i have had more luck. this might just be a very selective year. they will be reincluded. July 24th, 2011 1:38 PM

The ginkgo is failing (no new growth in vegetative form) and the zamia survivability is uneven (Zamia furfuracea has rooted but Zamia integrifolia has not). It seems like this be a gymnosperm-less year (even though it should reminded that gymnosperm is not a real taxonomic term and simply mean seed plant without a flower. the plants that fall into this category are not ultimately related to each, so gymnosperm is a somewhat useless term taxonomically).

While I'm still not going to include the ginkgo for this year, i'm going to attempt to make sure it sprouts new leaves next may. It is completely rooted it seems and the vegetation that came already grown on the ginkgo is still there (though not for much longer as fall has started). If it survives and sprouts next may, then it will most likely be the first included species for the 2012 session. September 21st, 2011

I am going to include the ginkgo. September 27th, 2011

its happening again. i'm only going to include species which I know by January 2012 will be evergreen. the ginkgo won't be discarded, but it finally will not be included. September 30th, 2011

seems that the sacred fig isn't evergreen and has been losing its leaves fast. as i want everything picture perfect by January 1st, it will disincluded. this is indeed my least inclusive year. i plan to be more specific next year and nothing will truly be random. October 14th, 2011

For the sake of Epipremnum pinnatum and Epipremnum aureum being debated and a need to more specific with the species that i collect, i am discarding it. can always get it again as it is extremely common. October 25th, 2011

The 2011 section will comprise of two parts. The first part will be all the flowering plants (will be permanently included in January) and the second part will be the ginkgo (I must see if it gives up new leaves). As such, the ginkgo is once again re-included. November 20th, 2011

I have come to question my current and permanent species Pachira aquatica. I am starting to believe by new sources it may be Pachira glabra. This is the first time I've really considered this in four years. As this year comes to a close, the majority of the fifth season will be reorganizing the permanent species. Some species are going to be disincluded (not a real word) such as Schizachyrium scoparium. The Ficus aurea seems to have shown why it doesn't make a commercial houseplant and will not be included. As a result of this realization on Pachira aquatica, I have to fix what I already have. December 5th, 2011 11:43 AM

Pachira aquatica is now Pachira glabra. the moment i find out the fate of my ginkgo will be the time 2011 ends officially (though no new organisms will be aquired). as i've had some previous year deaths (some original plants died) many of these have been bought again but are now part of the 2011 session. more will come. oeceoclades maculata will also be considered a 2010 specimen as that was the year I originally acquired it (I didn't identify it, however, until 2011)

I will include Schefflera actinophylla for 2010 as it has not died. January 8th, 2012

I will reinclude Kalanchoe blossfeldiana as a replacement specimen has survived since 2011. January 13th, 2012

I am giving the Kalanchoe blossfeldiana back to my mom. the indian laurel fig may be disincluded in the future as its bonsai form does not seem to be adapting well as a houseplant form. January 15th, 2012 .........

Life List (The list of organisms in my pocession; only written in scientific names) Started August 17th, 2008 9:58 PM)

Aloe maculata Aphelandra squarrosa, Araucaria heterophylla, Chamaedorea elegans, Chlorophytum comosum, Crassula ovata, Cycas revoluta, Echinopsis spachiana, Ficus elastica, Graptopetalum paraguayense, Homo sapiens, Kalanchoe daigremontiana, Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi, Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri, Maranta leuconeura, Monstera deliciosa, Neomarica gracilis, Oeceoclades maculata, Opuntia humifusa, Pachira glabra, Pantherophis guttatus, Pilosocereus pachycladus, Podocarpus macrophyllus, Rosmarinus officinalis, Saintpaulia ionantha, Sansevieria hyacinthoides, Schefflera arboricola, Sclumbergera truncata

A. maculata – A. squarrosa – A. heterophylla – C. elegans – C. comosum – C. ovata – C. revoluta – E. spachiana – F. elastica – G. paraguayense – H. sapiens – K. daigremontiana – K. fedtschenkoi – K. gastonis-bonnieri – M. leuconeura – M. deliciosa – N. gracilis – O. maculata – O. humifusa – P. glabra – P. guttatus – P. pachycladus – P. macrophyllus – R. officinalis – S. ionantha – S. hyacinthoides – S. arboricola – S. scoparium – S. truncata

Last updated January 4th, 2012 9:15 PM

To be included.......

F. microcarpa – H. gaertneri – B. splendens – F. altissima – G. biloba – S. trifasciata – A. vera – S. morganianum – S. actinophylla –

January 15th, 2012