Ecospheres = Ecosystems = Closed systems =
Question 17-Nov-1999: In the Victorian era, some folks built carefully
balanced "ecosystems" in glass containers, usually a bottle which was sealed with wax. They often had plants, water, small animal life (Such as microscopic pond creatures).
Some nature catalogs have small versions which contain shrimp and algae. I am interested in the name of these sealed containers, as well as whether or not you know
of any material available on creating them. Thank you for any assistance. On a totally different topic.....I am looking for a source to buy "sinnengila pusilla". These plants are
a micro-miniaturee version of gloxina. Do you have any resources? Thanks ...hope to hear from you!
Wrong Answer 17-Nov-1999:
I'm thinking these are a version of "Wardian Cases" or a variation on "Terrariums".
I have a page dedicated to "Miniature Victorian Conservatories" that may help: http://www.h2othouse.com/html/terrarium1.html
For the mini gloxina, you could try a multi-engine search engine like http://www.google.com or
Hope that helps and good luck! I'll see if I can find any other links and add them to the Wardian
Case Page. Please let me know if you find anything