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CowgirlFishKeeper 05-08-2012 11:06 PM

Plant ID, please?
 
Hey, got these a while ago, can't remember what they are...Lol.

This one was a tag-along when I got some wisteria several months ago. It's bout 6" long (three separate plants now) and 2" high:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...0508-00460.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...0508-00459.jpg



And this one was free from petcetera because it was dying. It's a nice round 5" on all sides. Leaves are abour 3" long:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...0508-00461.jpg

Byron 05-09-2012 09:33 AM

The first is an Anubias. Second might be a crypt, given the leaf formation...does it have a bit of a rhizome? Or it might be a Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) which I gather is turning up as an aquatic plant, and from Petsmart this is likely. The latter is not a true aquatic, but apparently can last submersed for some time.

Byron.

CowgirlFishKeeper 05-09-2012 03:12 PM

If a rhizome is the same thing the Anubias has (that root thing that isnt supposed to be buried) then no. It's just got some pathetic little roots that just dangle, no big thick root for the little "rootlets". But that would explain why I can't keep it alive, with an overabundance of chemicals to eat....

Byron 05-09-2012 04:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CowgirlFishKeeper (Post 1075000)
If a rhizome is the same thing the Anubias has (that root thing that isnt supposed to be buried) then no. It's just got some pathetic little roots that just dangle, no big thick root for the little "rootlets". But that would explain why I can't keep it alive, with an overabundance of chemicals to eat....

The Cryptocoryne rhizome is not as substantial as that of Anubias or Java Fern (and yes, it is the thickened "stem" from which leaves and roots grow) but it is usually visible even if just as a thickening of the "stem" for lack of a better word. You will see it if present. So we can assume it is a Peace Lily. These terrestrial plants frequently appear in chain pet stores (and perhaps others too). This might explain why it is not thriving.

CowgirlFishKeeper 05-09-2012 04:44 PM

Here's a photo of the offspring of the main plant, one of the fish had conveniently uprooted it. Lol.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...0509-00467.jpg

Does that help? I know next to nothing about plants. Also, aren't the peace lilly leaves really quite dark, not red on the bottom, and thick? These are thin, pale, red on the bottom, and thin.

Byron 05-09-2012 04:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CowgirlFishKeeper (Post 1075135)
Here's a photo of the offspring of the main plant, one of the fish had conveniently uprooted it. Lol.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...0509-00467.jpg

Does that help? I know next to nothing about plants. Also, aren't the peace lilly leaves really quite dark, not red on the bottom, and thick? These are thin, pale, red on the bottom, and thin.

That is a crypt. The rhizome is that short thick bit from which the white roots are growing. And yes, to cement the deal ;-) the red underside of the leaves would suggest crypt. As for species, it might be Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia which as you can see by the shading is in our profiles. This is one of my favourite crypts. In the profile I added a photo of its habitat which I always find interesting, I hope some others do too.


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