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Old 05-26-2016, 04:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Silver speckling on submersed leaves?

A couple weeks ago, I received some Cryptocorynes from Malaysia in a group order. There were a few free gifts in the shipment. One of these freebies were some rhizomes labeled, C. wendtii 'Brown'. The wendtii went home with me. One of these rhizomes is not like the others.

I'm not necessarily looking for an ID(but if you have one let me hear it), but I was wondering if anyone has ever seen this awesome silver speckling before. I have combed the web looking for pics or descriptions that would explain or match it. Nothing so far. The other C. wendtii 'Brown's that came with it, are surrounding it (and a tiny baby C. x willis var. lucens).

BTW, my best guess is C. undulata from the ruffled edge and marmorated markings.





So does anyone know what causes this? Or know of a species that gets these shimmering spots?
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Old 05-26-2016, 04:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So hard to guess with leaves since different conditions can cause the leaves in crypts to differ. When it grows out a little more we can get a better guess though

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I know an ID is basically out of the question right now, undulata was just my guess. I'm really more curious about the silvery white speckling. It reminds me of the speckling that Bucephalandra species get when grown submersed.
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I do have a buce with that also

Odd silvery only see it under water though

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Does that undulata have silver speckles? I can't tell from the pic. If it does, I'd be curious to know if any other species get them too, or is this an undocumented characteristic of undulata specifically?
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Sorry no Idea on the undulata emersed it doesn't

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Silver specking is common on Bruce's, which are a rhizome plant. Crypts are rooted plants.

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Default Re: Silver speckling on submersed leaves?

I think there may be some confusion about the plant in question and what I am wondering about it.

Has anyone ever seen silver spangling on a Cryptocoryne, similar to what is seen on submersed Bucephalandra? If so, do you know what caused it? As the plant is so young, I can't test any theories at this point to see if its an artifact of its environment(lighting, substrate, fertilizers) or genetic. If it is environmental, I figure with the long lasting popularity of Crptocorynes, somebody will have seen it before. I'd like to keep it looking like this, so if something causes it, I want to keep doing it.

On another note, it seems to be doing extremely well! Over night, its leaf bud opened and a new leaf bud popped up. At this rate, I may be testing some theories sooner that I thought.

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Default Re: Silver speckling on submersed leaves?

I also recently received a crypt for free . And it too has speckling on its leaves just the same as buces. And ir emember reading a member with the same thing happening to his crypt flamingo. Im not sure why. But i just chimed in to say i have the same "problem"? I need to take pics to post here
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