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Old 02-05-2012, 10:01 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Thanks for the compliments!
Flowering plants varies in difficulty from species to species, but generally I've found that if you give the plants plenty of light, plenty of nutrients, and time, they'll eventually bloom.

The real problem is the species that bloom for a short period, go to seed, and then promptly die off. -_-'
This is going to be something to really look into. I think I am going to be on google for a while with this one.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:20 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Another surprise when I got home from work today: my Persicaria sp. 'Porto Velho' is budding. Hoping for flowers soon, though Persicaria are difficult to catch with flowers open so no guarantee of pics... in any case, these are the buds:




Note the cute little pink tips That said, the P. 'Porto Velho' looks suspiciously like P. praetermissa (formerly P. sp. 'Ruby') except that it hails from completely the wrong continent - P. praetermissa is native to Southeast Asia and Australia; P. sp. 'Porto Velho' comes from Brazil. It could be a lookalike very close relative.

Also, I harvested some seed pods from my Staurogyne sp. 'Bihar' - see the first page of this thread for photos of the flowers and developing fruit. The pods are roughly 7-8mm long, with a tough outer shell:


No idea if these pods contain fertile seeds, but I'm going to bag 'em, tag 'em, and mail
'em to Cavan if he wants them. Perhaps it'll help pin down an ID for the species. The plant is still developing more pods, so maybe I'll see if the next batch can be germinated.
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Wow, your flowers look great. Looking forward to our emersed growth meeting, if we ever have it.
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Thanks Luke!

The emersed meeting is getting combined into our 2/18 meeting, so yes, we'll still get to have it!
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While my Limnophila and Lindernia species continue to bloom, this little beauty turned up just in this past week:

Hygrophila corymbosa 'Kompakt' has flowers the same size as other Hygro corymbosa cultivars I've flowered, just on a MUCH smaller plant. The overall effect makes for a lovely little specimen. The dark leaves make the bright purple blooms really pop.

Also, just for kicks, here's a pic of my Accidental Tree Frog, who lives in a 10g emersed setup:


It's a long story as to how one ends up with a tree frog by accident, but he seems content to stay in my fishroom. I feed him spiders and other stray bugs that I catch in the basement. Right now he's sitting on the pot of an orchid species, Mediocalcar decorata, but that tank also houses a few Anubias in pots, some Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, and a random pot with a Staurogyne repens specimen. When he's not sitting here, his favorite perch, the Accidental Tree Frog also enjoys sticking to the glass and lurking underneath the leaves of my Anubias sp. 'Gabon 2'.
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Wow. So that is what they look like. I've often heard them making sounds in the trees but never actually seen one. Now I know why - camouflage!

That Kompakt is really beautiful. Very nice contrast. You should email that to Cavan for the plant finder if you haven't already.
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Yeah, they're very well-camouflaged little critters. But this particular species isn't nearly as annoying as spring peepers, which are the ones responsible for those deafening "cheep" noises you hear in the spring. Gray tree frogs, like mine, make more of a high-pitched version of a woodpecker sound.

I don't think 'Kompakt' has an entry in the plant finder... of the other H. corymbosa variants, I think only 'Angustifolia' has a flower pic - and I'm not convinced it's the right flower, either (I've flowered 'Angustifolia' before, and the flowers were the same shape as you see in the 'Kompakt'... nothing like the one in the plantfinder.

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Hmm looks like we have some plantfinder revisions and additions to make.

I like the spring peepers... I've also never seen one of them

I think during the summer we'll have to do a frog collecting trip during one of our summer plant collecting trips!
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I think we've already been frog collecting... or did I just imagine that trip where you started tackling bullfrogs? Besides which, the best time to look for tree frogs is at night... they don't do much during the day LOL. As evidenced by the lazy lump on a rock a few posts up ^
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Yeah, they're very well-camouflaged little critters. But this particular species isn't nearly as annoying as spring peepers, which are the ones responsible for those deafening "cheep" noises you hear in the spring. Gray tree frogs, like mine, make more of a high-pitched version of a woodpecker sound.

I don't think 'Kompakt' has an entry in the plant finder... of the other H. corymbosa variants, I think only 'Angustifolia' has a flower pic - and I'm not convinced it's the right flower, either (I've flowered 'Angustifolia' before, and the flowers were the same shape as you see in the 'Kompakt'... nothing like the one in the plantfinder.
I'm not sure what's up with that one either. It dates from before my tenure, so I don't know much about the photo. It could be it, but perhaps it's better to remove it, at least because it could be considered misleading. A PF update is coming, I promise.
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