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Old 03-12-2013, 07:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My friends and I picked up this gem a few years ago on a trip to Florida. You can see it here growing next to Rotala 'Sunset', which is most likely a ramosior variety. The 'Florida' is on the left and is considerably more purple in color.


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Wow, nice! Maybe you can sent some to me:P Is it as hard as the Rotala sunset?
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Wow, nice! Maybe you can sent some to me:P Is it as hard as the Rotala sunset?
Yes, I think it's equally difficult, but also equally rewarding. Low KH seems to be key for both species. I've kept it in KH 3-4 and that is about as high as I would go.
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We'll have to get more of the green one so you can grow them all together. I think this will be a good year for it.
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We'll have to get more of the green one so you can grow them all together. I think this will be a good year for it.
Yeah, I was thinking that too. For some reason it's one of the few plants I don't have to fight my water here to grow.
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Nice, really! I've seen that colour of the "Florida" on "Sunset" when it was near surface. I'm afraid that the "Florida" could be told apart from the "Sunset" with certainty only by growing them together.

@Cavan: Rotala sp. 'Sunset': Can an ID as R. ramosior be nailed down despite lacking info about the origin? Are there still other possibilities than ramosior?

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The 'sunset' is almost certainly R. ramosior. I tend to be a bit conservative when it comes to these things, but I really think it is. I showed photos of a flowering specimen to an expert I know, and to that person it looked like it. A specimen didn't turn out because the flower went bad really fast after the photo was taken. What else could it be? If from SA, probably nothing, as only that and R. mexicana are native. I remember seeing the plant being traded as "Ammannia 'sulawesi'", which is nonsense on two accounts. But, R. ramosior is found in many places where it isn't native because of introductions, so I guess you never knowas far as provenance. Similar species elsewhere in the world? I don't think there are any, really, but I'd like to check and will report back.
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Another decent picture. This is turning out to be one of my favorites.

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Wow where in Florida did you collect this?
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Wow where in Florida did you collect this?
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. We had special permission to collect there.
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