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Old 12-17-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
 
Plant ID?

Hi all, I'm a pretty new member to this ararium stuff, and im trying to learn it. I was at my LFS today, was looking to buy a small plant and they pointed this plant out to me. She said it was a cherry hedge. it was only $2 so i took it home. I came home did some searching on the web for this plant, and this plant doesnt look like the ones on the interweb. Is this a cherry hedge or something different? Will it harm my tank? Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:19 PM   #2
 
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I am inclined to think this is a Ludwigia, and from a photo is Kasselmann possibly a hybrid of two species, L. repens and L. palustris, but I won't insist if someone can more positively identify it.

This is a true aquatic plant.

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Old 12-19-2012, 03:26 AM   #3
 
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I grew ludwigea repens, and the nodes weren't nearly as pronounced.

It looks like a few things, but I'll start with the obvious. Is there any reason to believe it's not alternanthera ficoidea?
alternanthera ficoidea comes in dozens of color morphs... Unfortunately its not fully aquatic. (But it can grow submerged for months. If it starts struggling, make it a little terrarium out of a jar and let it grow emersed for a while. Then you can put it back in your tank.)

Byron, could you google A. Ficoidea and see what you think?
Or, try alte84

Edit- could also be A. Dentata. Still non-aquatic though.

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Old 12-19-2012, 12:27 PM   #4
 
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I grew ludwigea repens, and the nodes weren't nearly as pronounced.

It looks like a few things, but I'll start with the obvious. Is there any reason to believe it's not alternanthera ficoidea?
alternanthera ficoidea comes in dozens of color morphs... Unfortunately its not fully aquatic. (But it can grow submerged for months. If it starts struggling, make it a little terrarium out of a jar and let it grow emersed for a while. Then you can put it back in your tank.)

Byron, could you google A. Ficoidea and see what you think?
Or, try alte84

Edit- could also be A. Dentata. Still non-aquatic though.
I wouldn't think it is in Alternanthera, going from the photos online. But of course, as Heiko Bleher once told me, never trust photos online, they are usually wrong.

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Old 12-19-2012, 05:08 PM   #5
 
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Here is a picture of a green morph:


What do you think? I can see the resemblance to ludwigea, but A. Ficoidea is often known as "cherry hedge". I feel like it should be eliminated as an option first...
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:46 PM   #6
 
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That photo is a possible. The ones I saw were different, some remarkably so.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:48 PM   #7
 
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Like ludwigea, alternanthera has a LOT of different morphs..

Where's a botanist when you need one?
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