Left side and center
The left side is occupied by two hollow cork tubes that are plugged at the ends with coconut fiber, then filled with fine grade orchid mix. The vining plant trailing to the front is Aeschynanthus marmoratus, which produces red-tipped yellow tubular flowers. Right behind it is a Guzmania 'Empire,' and to teh left of it is Peperomia caperata 'Ruby Ripple.' Planting these epiphytes in the cork tubes protects them from getting their roots too wet and allows them to dry out a bit between sprayings. The plant with dark quilted leaves is an Episcia, which is planted on more orchid mix that sits directly on the coconut fiber substrate. The coconut fiber wicks water up, and keeps the planting mix constantly moist which suits most of the terrestrial plants just fine. 
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