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Eleocharis species, question

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by jonny_ftm, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. jonny_ftm

    jonny_ftm Guru Class Expert

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    Hi,

    My nano (link in signature) is growing emersed E. Tenellus. I find it too invasive with its runners and fast decaying leaves. Furthermore, it looks too short as a background for my setup.

    I hesitate between Eleocharis species or Blyxa. Lilaeopsis brasiliensis looks too short for my setup

    Basically, I'm looking for a plant less invasive than tenellus and especially with leaves lasting as long as crypts and swords. I don't like to deal with too frequent trimming and removing endless decaying leaves like with stems.

    I heard Blyxa is an annual plant, so will the Eleocharis fullfill my needs?

    Great thanks for your help
     
  2. nipat

    nipat Guru Class Expert

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    If annual plants means they will die after flowering.
    I bought mine (not sure if they're Japonica or Echinosperma)
    while they were flowering. Still doing fine, 4-5 months now.
     
  3. jonny_ftm

    jonny_ftm Guru Class Expert

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    I ended up removing the Tenellus and replacing with Eleocharis. Better now than once immersed
     
  4. Biollante

    Biollante Lifetime Charter Member
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    Hi,

    Annual plant I think generally refers "seed to seed" usually a growing season.

    I don't think Blyxa is an annual, since they can be propagated via cuttings.

    Lilaeopsis brasiliensis would be half the height of Blyxa Echinosperma

    Eleocharis acicularis is I think the choice you want; I don’t believe eleocharis parvula will get much taller than Lilaeopsis brasiliensis. The other Eleocharis', I am familiar with grow much taller.

    Eleocharis will certainly be easier to grow than Blyxa Echinosperma. If you can get it and don’t mind a bit of a challenge, Blyxa japonica is an interesting plant (I have no direct experience with B japonica).

    If you go with Blyxa, I would recommend dense planting.

    Depending on the look you’re going for a little Monosolenium tenerum attached to rock interspersed with either eleocharis parvula or Eleocharis acicularis makes for a nice look.

    When it comes to matters of artistic interpretations, I am likely the last entity you should trust.:mad:

    Biollante
     
  5. jonny_ftm

    jonny_ftm Guru Class Expert

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    I got my self 2 pots of Eleocharis acicularis that I'll put in soil tomorrow

    The tenellus was incredibly spread, runners across the tank length, that is up to 30-40cm long. This dry start is really growing like crazy
     
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