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fish_4_all 11-23-2006 11:34 PM

Name that plant

Well the only thing I can say for sure is it is NOT limnophila Aromatica, although I thought it was for quite a while.

The leaves are 3 to a node, 2 inches long or so, none of them are straight, they all curve inward at some point of the leaf and the root system comes from the node in the same pattern as hygrophila difformis. I know it is not Wisteria also, I have that in another tank and looks nothing like it.

crazie.eddie 11-24-2006 12:36 AM

It does look similar to limnophila Aromatica, but the tips of the leaves of your plant are rounded, as for the limnophila Aromatica, they come to a point. Although the pattern is the same.

It is hard to tell though. Could you take a closer pic of the leaf? Speaking of which, I'm not sure if it's typically how the plant looks, but it may have some kind of deficiency since the leaves are kind of curling downwards. Is this a high tech tank? How many watts is your lights?

fish_4_all 11-24-2006 12:46 AM

10 gallon tank with ~33 watts of NO fluorescent dosed full EI and Excel.
NO3 10ppm, PO4 .77ppm and K2SO4 to 10ppm 3x a week
Calcium Citrate 40ppm, MgSO4 4ppm once a week after water change
CSM+B to .25ppm on opposite days of macros

Growth rate is phenominal especially in last 2 weeks, just started adding Excel 2 days ago.

Aquaticmoon 12-03-2006 12:14 PM

It kinda looks like Hottonia Palustris or Ceratopteris thalictroides

crazie.eddie 12-03-2006 12:36 PM


Originally Posted by Aquaticmoon
It kinda looks like Hottonia Palustris or Ceratopteris thalictroides

fish_4_all's leaves do not branch out compared to either of the plants mentioned.

Aquaticmoon 12-03-2006 01:07 PM

um...your looks more like Rotala ramosior, but the leaf is a little rounder than the the plant in the photo.

I saw that your looking for the ID over on PT. I sure one of the plant geeks will find out :o ( just not me :oops: )

fish_4_all 12-03-2006 01:42 PM

No one has been able to come up with the name of this plant, not for sure anyway. I know it grows super fast and is putting out 3-6 new shoots where I trimmed it back. Would make an awesome plant for anyone who needs a good middle plant behind a large piece of driftwood.

crazie.eddie 12-04-2006 01:35 PM

According to my post here, majority have ID'd the plant as Limnophila Aromatica. After doing a Google search on Limnophila Aromatica I found this site, which makes me think that it is also Limnophila Aromatica or at least Limnophila species, but a submersed form. I guess a good way to tell is to take a cutting and grow it as a emersed form. Sources say this is a good herb and will have a nice aroma, so if you do grow them emersed, smell the leaves that have grown above the water line.

fish_4_all 12-04-2006 03:26 PM

I agree, it is aromatica, just not a colored variety. It is extremly aromatic even from the cutting from my submerged growth. I know I will be taking some cutting and using them in some chicken dish sooner or later. Should be awesome. No color under the leaves nor on top and shows no signs of getting any.

Now I just wish I could find a picture that looks more like it. A lot of close ones but nothing with this size of leaf and nothing with the curves.

Oh well, is a very nice plant and will make for an awesome background when it fills in.

BTW, thanks for the effort Eddie, I have done hours of searching for it and all the other speices that some call it with no luck. Let them know on the other forum that this stuff is extremely aromatic if you roll the leaves in your fingers after pruning.

I will have to try it in Clam Chowder!

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