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post #1 of 13 Old 07-08-2012, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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New Plant help with ID?

So I got some plants today but don't know what they are can someone help me identify them?
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-08-2012, 07:56 PM
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maybe melon sword? Or a type of crypt it looks like my bronze crypt without ruffled edges

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post #3 of 13 Old 07-09-2012, 10:55 AM
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Assuming you mean the long leggy plants in the centre of the photos, they are not Echinodorus (swords) or Cryptocoryne. No species in either genus grows leaves off a stem in this manner. As to what they are, I've no idea, I've never seen something like this. I would have to dig through my reference works, so hopefully someone who knows can comment first.

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Assuming you mean the long leggy plants in the centre of the photos, they are not Echinodorus (swords) or Cryptocoryne. No species in either genus grows leaves off a stem in this manner. As to what they are, I've no idea, I've never seen something like this. I would have to dig through my reference works, so hopefully someone who knows can comment first.
Yes that's the Plant I am talking about.

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post #5 of 13 Old 07-09-2012, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Another thing I know of this plant it is a native or at least is found in Tennessee. I found it a lake where I go swimming all the time. The plant grows from a center point and sends off runners. The leaves will reach the surface and float on top. I have it planted in a tank with only plants right now to see if I can get it grow.

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Another thing I know of this plant it is a native or at least is found in Tennessee. I found it a lake where I go swimming all the time. The plant grows from a center point and sends off runners. The leaves will reach the surface and float on top. I have it planted in a tank with only plants right now to see if I can get it grow.
It might be quicker to do a serach of native plants. The US Dept of Agriculture has information, not sure how it is organized (by state, or whatever) but I have come across their site now and then as some of our "tropical" aquarium plants are invading NA.

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Is it red on the bottom or slimy? Could it be Watershield? You said it lays on the top of the water - NOT pokes up? It reminds me of Pickerel rushes, but they don't lay flat. . . any idea if it gets a flower? I have no idea! Good luck, though!
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-09-2012, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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It has a stem that has a root system in the dirt. The leaves grow up from the stems and reach the surface. No idea if it has a flower never seen one but doesn't mean it doesn't.
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-09-2012, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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The leaves are a brownish on bottom and green on top from what I have seen.
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-09-2012, 05:49 PM
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I bet it's just some sort of generic pondweed, honestly. American Pondweed - Potamogeton. . . whatever. There are tons of different varieties of it, and it can be found nearly everywhere. Look in that direction and you may find what you're looking for :)
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