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Plant ID please... no idea what genus it is.

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by pepetj, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. pepetj

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    I picked up this plant from a guy that has collected some wild aquatic plant specimens. He also growths (in rudimentary ponds) species brought to the trade or received as gift.
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    He doesn't recall how he got it. I got a few specimens and have been able to adapt them quite well in soft/acidic planted tanks, both in low to mid light, with or without CO2. The plants are still young for me to appreciate its maximum height or width.
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    It shows a beautiful red coloration under its leaves that darkens as the leaf grows. It's a beautiful plant I haven't been able to ID despite my web search. The white ruler is a six inches I borrowed from my daughter...

    I count on you to ID this one for me.

    Thank you

    Pepetj
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  2. Gerryd

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    Cryptocoryne

    of some sort would be my guess. I can guess at species but would rather wait....

    Crypts can sometimes only be id when they flower.....

    So may be in for a long wait unless your tank experiences a dry season :)
     
  3. pepetj

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    Following your lead I'm leaning to ID it to asCryptocoryne cordata variety... what would you think?

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    I have had what I thought were growndcover crypts into giants. I thought I had gotten some form of crypt wendi at the store which then it grew two feet tall and looked like a crypt balansae. Emersed and submersed can totally change the leaves as well. But I agree with Gerry definitely a form of crypt.
     
  6. Biollante

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    The Hello Kitty Ruler Is The Key

    Hi Pepetj,

    I guess I am with everyone else, I think Cryptocoryne cordata (blasii), should you see a little purple, could be Cryptocoryne cordata Griffith var. grabowskii, which I think is being reclassified as C. cordata var. zonata.

    As Gerry mentioned it is the flower that usually allows the positive identification.

    It is possible, likely in my ever-humble-potted-plant opinion that this plant was growing emersed and is transitioning to the “flooded” or submerged condition.

    Either way these plants appreciate a little shade and will eventually take over. These are great plants to grow in pots or in a bog.

    I took the liberty and messed with your photos a bit to try to bring out some detail, sometimes it helps, and sometimes it leads us astray…

    For future reference I would recommend a little faster shutter speed.

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    Close Enough

    Hi Pepetj,

    Other messed with photo.:eek:

    It is the new growth I am concentrating on as I think the plant is transitioning.

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