No Cavan, you are not the only one
I don't like it either.
I saw lots of pics and was wondering 'bout the weird appearance.
Just got 2 stems to look at them in reality.
I frequently get plants which come on the scene to see what requirements they've got.
I planted them next to Rotala mexicana 'Araguaia'.
That's ok 'cause the Rotala hides the 'curly' great
My tank has following conditions:
11W Arc Pod light
only use some iron (micronutrients) fertilizer