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I believe that what you have is a bud composed of a bract called the spathe which surrounds the spadix (the white inflorescence) The spathe hasn't opened up yet to reveal the spadix. Look at the third picture in the first post of this thread by Vladimir Surkov (surick), one of the most successful growers ever of Aroids. Look at all of his amazing pictures!

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/photography/69991-my-collection-anubias.html
 

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My anubias sends a bud like that out about once every month or two, and does indeed open up underwater. This is about a week after it first opened.




p.s. Sorry for the poor picture quality.
 

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I have kept Anubis plants for as long as I have hade planted tanks and never had a spathe underwater. What causes them to flower submersed?
 

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That's strange to me, considering I've had them less than a year. I have read that they will only send up spathes under low lighting (I have only .5 wpg) or when moved/stressed. However, I am not sure if this holds any truth or not, just things I read it online somewhere. Anyone know for sure?
 

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for me it was co2 and more light/iron and the plant growing well that did it. when i added the co2 for the first time, virtually within a few weeks i already had spathes lining up =)
 

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Whenever mine sends them up, I just attribute it to a 'happy' plant. No parameter changes, other than the plant being well acclimated to the tank and growing well. I have never had one send a spathe up if it's been recently uprooted or pruned.
 
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