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Take a look at this and see if it's reasonable for a first try:

Crinum calamistratum is an aquatic plant from Central Africa that has been available in the hobby for several years now. Records from the holotype specimen collected in 1948 indicate that the plant was taken from the Kumba region of Cameroon. Those waterways were thought to be dry at certain times of the year, but the plant's ability to survive in an emersed state is doubtful. This is the smallest of the Crinum species that are usually kept in aquaria, but it is still a fairly sizeable plant.

This crinum has a unique structure of long, slender, deeply crenulated, dark-green leaves than can extend up to four feet in length. Leaves start off growing upward at a slight angle from the bulb, but they quickly produce a twisted assortment of curls and loops. For aquascaping purposes, a single full-grown plant can provide a strong focal point. The unique growth pattern and leaf texture provide an interesting visual contrast to typical groupings of stem plants. Despite its slow growth pattern, it requires fairly high light levels and will benefit from CO2 supplementation. Large, healthy plants will eventually produce a number of "daughter" plants circumferentially around the bulb. After forming three or four leaves, each can be carefully teased away with its own small bulb and root system. There are unconfirmed reports of seed propagation.

The aquarium location for this plant should be selected with careful consideration of its light requirements and eventual size. It does best when allowed to firmly establish itself. Frequent moves or excessive shading will result in dropped leaves and a poor root system. C. calamistratum is tolerant of mildly brackish water and can do well in both hard and soft water. The leaves are also highly resistant to grazing from herbivorous fish.

The flower of this plant is one of the most beautiful of all true aquatics. Flowering is most easily accomplished in high-light, CO2 enriched systems with relatively soft water. When in top form, the plant will produce a flower stalk that will rapidly grow from the bulb to the surface in a matter of days. Two or three surprisingly large flowers will rise on slender stalks from a single bulb a few inches above the water. These will remain open for about a week. Flowering can be observed as often as every four to six weeks.
I'll get some photos together. It's going to be difficult to get the standard black-background shot of this beast.
 

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Take a look at this and see if it's reasonable for a first try:

Crinum calamistratum is an aquatic plant from Central Africa that has been available in the hobby for several years now. Records from the holotype specimen collected in 1948 indicate that the plant was taken from the Kumba region of Cameroon. Those waterways were thought to be dry at certain times of the year, but the plant's ability to survive in an emersed state is doubtful. This is the smallest of the Crinum species that are usually kept in aquaria, but it is still a fairly sizeable plant.

This Crinum has a unique structure of long, slender, deeply wrinkled, dark green leaves that can extend up to four feet in length. Leaves start off growing upward at a slight angle from the bulb, but quickly produce an assortment of curls and loops. For aquascaping purposes, a single full-grown plant can provide a strong focal point. The unique growth pattern and leaf texture provide an interesting visual contrast to typical groupings of stem plants. Despite its slow growth pattern, it requires fairly high light levels and will benefit from CO2 supplementation. Large, healthy plants will eventually produce a number of daughter plants circumferentially around the bulb. After forming three or four leaves, each can be carefully teased away with its own small bulb and root system. Sexual reproduction has also been reported, but is much less common.

The aquarium location for this plant should be selected with careful consideration of its light requirements and eventual size. It does best when allowed to firmly establish itself. Frequent moves or excessive shading will result in dropped leaves and a poor root system. C. calamistratum is tolerant of mildly brackish water and can do well in both hard and soft water. The leaves are also highly resistant to grazing from herbivorous fish.

The flower of this plant is one of the most beautiful of all true aquatics. Flowering is most easily accomplished in high-light, CO2 enriched systems with relatively soft water. When in top form, the plant will produce a flower stalk that will rapidly grow from the bulb to the surface in a matter of days. Two or three surprisingly large flowers will rise on slender stalks from a single pod a few inches above the water. These will remain open for about a week. Flowering can be observed as often as every four to six weeks.
I'll get some photos together. It's going to be difficult to get the standard black-background shot of this beast.
Very good Bryce. Thanks! I've made a few small changes, but not much. What do you think?

Don't worry about a whole plant black background shot. It might be good to have a closeup of a leaf that way. You could always remove one for that I suppose.
 

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There are unconfirmed reports of seed propagation.
Sean Murphy in our club has definitely propagated it from seeds.

Nice writeup Bryce. I edited a "than" to be "that" as it should have been. :D
 

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LOL.

There is something about "accidental sex......" that made me ROFL. :) :) :)

How 'bout "unintentional sex........" no, no better.

Maybe "Sexual reproduction has been reported."
 

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Two or three surprisingly large flowers will rise on slender stalks from a single bulb a few inches above the water.
Are these flowers really coming from a bulb---like the bulb that sends up the leaves?
 

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How about "Sexual reproduction has also been reported, but is much less common."
 

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LOL.

There is something about "accidental sex......" that made me ROFL. :) :) :)

How 'bout "unintentional sex........" no, no better.

Maybe "Sexual reproduction has been reported."
:roll: OK, that didn't turn out quite right. I guess we're ready for uploading then?
 

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Sure. I'll get some photos off to you as well. Would you like me to edit them to a particular size or would you prefer that I e-mail you the raw images?
 

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I guess you can just e-mail them to me raw. I believe that's what Tim Gross was doing (he's agreed to start taking more pictures). We'll see how that goes.
 

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Did you size the photos? They're only 150x115. I need them to be full size when I get them. I can blow that up, but they're totally pixelated.
 

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Are you looking at thumbnails or the actual attachments?

When i sent them, they were roughly 2000x2000 pixels.
 

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How big do they need to be? If it isn't too big, I'll just upload them to PhotoBucket and you can suck them in from there.
 
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