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rhymon78 04-19-2012 05:07 PM

can someone identify these plants for me?
 
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hey,

The first picture, I was led to believe was pigmy chain sword... I have my suspicions that it isn't... if it isn't that, does anyone know what it is? it came as a potted plant, and the roots were in rock wool.

haven't got a clue what the other one is, but the guy said it was creeping something?

any info muchly appreciated!
cheers

fish monger 04-20-2012 07:23 AM

The first plant looks like the Micro Sword that Aquariumplants.com sells. The second plant is probably Creeping Charlie.

Byron 04-20-2012 11:06 AM

The second plant may be a Bacopa. There is a plant called Creeping Charlie that may or may not be a true aquatic but the leaf structure is not quite the same. There is a thread here from 2010 in fact on this Creeping Charlie, here:
http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&...VDXPj9FLiYqpDw

From the leaf structure I'm more inclined to think the photo is a Bacopa, which does grow in a creeping manner so this may account for the common name used by the store or their supplier. Hate common names, no one knows what one is talking about.:lol:

The first photo I agree with fishmonger, likely Lilaeopsis or microsword. The photo shows it a bit more compact than one would expect Helanthium tenellum [sometimes still seen as Echinodorus tenellus, the pygmy chain sword] to be. Pulling it apart out of the pot and rock wool might help to ID it, the Lilaeopsis is very compact but the H. tenellum is quite distinctively a separate plant with runners. We had some photos of all these in a thread recently, here it is:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...n-sword-98081/

Byron.

redchigh 04-22-2012 05:26 PM

The second plant is creeping jenny, or possible golden creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ ). It's commonly used as a decorative groundcover, but it does indeed grow floating, emersed, and submerged. It will shed lower leaves as they become shaded, but more stem plants do the same.

I actually love creeping jenny because it roots faster than most other stem plants.


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