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Boredomb 05-28-2011 12:14 PM

Does this look normal for this sword?
 
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Hey all! I have been watching this sword for the past couple of days now. Each day it seem that the inflorescence keeps getting taller and sprouting new leaves. I was just wondering if this is how they normally look?

Inga 05-28-2011 12:17 PM

That is how mine look. :)

Byron 05-28-2011 01:33 PM

That plant I believe is Echinodorus parviflorus, the natural species. The inflorescence is significantly shorter on this species by comparison to others, rarely if ever reaching the surface when the plant is grown submersed. And I assume this is what you are referring to, Boredomb.

The usual common swords, like Echinodorus bleherae, grow the inflorescence to the surface before adventitious plants really appear at the nodes. And they would look like this, which is what Inga I suspect was referring to.

E. parviflorus remains shorter and the well-developed adventitious plants suggest that is what this is. Also the leaves, the wider are the emersed, the narrower the submersed, of the natural species. There is a photo in our profiles of the natural species and the more usual "Tropica" variety for comparison. The inflorescence on the "Tropica" variety is the same, obviously a trait from the parent plant. I have inflorescences on some of my "Tropica" plants and they remain about 8 inches max and develop plantlets.

Byron.

redchigh 05-29-2011 05:39 PM

Do you know the type of sword it is? It could possibly be E. Bleherae 'compacta'. Just trying to figure out what I can expect from mine, if so.

Boredomb 05-29-2011 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 686840)
Do you know the type of sword it is? It could possibly be E. Bleherae 'compacta'. Just trying to figure out what I can expect from mine, if so.

To be honest I really have no clue LoL sorry!

redchigh 05-29-2011 05:58 PM

That's ok. They're extremely similiar.
E. Parvula is a species, while E. Bleherae compacta is a cross between the two..

Boredomb 05-29-2011 06:05 PM

I will say this I just looked up he plant package I got for the tank. The only swords were E. Bleherae 2 were "medium" and the other was a large. Also they called on a Brazilain sword. I am still learning my plants for the aquarium

Also the inflorescence has gotten taller :/

Boredomb 05-29-2011 06:10 PM

Also will say this the "plant package" is from thatpetplace.com its the jungle assortment


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