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Boredomb 05-10-2011 12:14 PM

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I have been noticing that the new leaves on this sword ( sorry I don't remember what kind it is?) are coming up this light purplish color. Is this normal or is the plant lacking something? One leaf is starting to turn green. So I was kinda thinking this normal but I am not sure?

SinCrisis 05-10-2011 12:44 PM

Thats a crypt, not a sword, purple leaves are common

redchigh 05-10-2011 12:53 PM

Hmm. I'm not convinced it's a crypt... Definately could be, but I'm really on the fence.

Anyways, even if it's a rubin sword, purple is normal.

SinCrisis 05-10-2011 01:03 PM

thought it looked like this: Plant Details But there are lots of swords with that structure so i could be wrong...

Boredomb 05-10-2011 01:13 PM

I didn't order a crypt soo unless they sent me one by mistake, I am think it is a Echinodorus sp. "Oriental Sword" That is what called it.

SinCrisis 05-10-2011 01:19 PM

Your probably right then, i can see purple leaves on the picture of the plant on thatfishplace's site so its probably normal growth, might be the difference between aquatic and terrestrial forms.

Boredomb 05-10-2011 01:22 PM

LoL I read the profile they gave, I actually remember reading it now and apparently forgot about it but here is a what it says:
"Oriental Sword plants have much narrower leaves then most of the other sword plants and are also more delicate. The younger center leaves will have a reddish pink coloration to them and will change to green only as the plant matures."

So I guess it is normal and it seems to be growing okay then by that?

redchigh 05-10-2011 01:55 PM

Indeed. It's doing what it should be doing.

Boredomb 05-10-2011 02:14 PM


Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 670467)
Indeed. It's doing what it should be doing.

Thanks, I had actually forgotten I had that plant and I been watching the "reddish" leaves for the last couple of days and wondering if I was doing something wrong. Now going back and figuring out what it is knowing it is suppose to be that way makes me feel alot better :-D

Byron 05-10-2011 05:42 PM

If it was labelled as "Oriental" sword, then it likely is Echinodorus "Oriental" which is a plant that appeared during in vitro culture of Echinodorus "Rose" by the Oriental Aquarium plant nursery in Singapore, hence its name. It appeared in 1994. New leaves are vivid pink and somewhat transparent, and turn to dark olive green as they mature. It remains smallish for this genus, about 15cm/6in in height and is thus very suitable in the foreground.


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