It is getting confusing.. the crypt. (first 3 pictures) i have looks like the morco variety under the wild heading.. it looks like the picture when i got the crypts from the LFS in the submersed form. as for the other varieties of usteriana, they look like Crypt. aponogetifolia i have also. i guess i really have to wait for flowers to come out to confirm things.
I haven't been able to see the pics so far - they suddenly started working. Photobuckets DNS is flakey at best it seems.
To be honest they don't look like Usteriana to me. Theyre big rigorous plants with bullate leaves, a magenta underside and a leathy olive green leaf. What you have sorta looks like brown wendtii to me.
hmm.. you maybe right. i havent collected it in the wild but the guys where i bought it from says it is collected from the wild in the Bicol provinces which is like a 10 hour drive from Manila. this plant have large submersed leaves. i will get some and take pictures of the submersed form. the Crypt. aponogetifolia i got was from there also.
i do not have exact details and the Bicol region is composed of 4 provinces with 5 or more cities.. anyway i will try to ask for details. it is almost always available from where i get it. its like a flea market with around 30+ stalls selling stuff from corals to iguanas to chihuahuas.
the leaves are way bigger when i get the submersed plants and some of the leaves are bullated and reddish to copper colored.
i have not had success growing them submersed right after i buy it from the store. most plants available have shown signs of melt and are generally not in good condition. im trying to grow it emersed first then submersed after a while.
Tap water, hard as hell. Substrate is a 10 year old tank with beach sand and manure, clay and washers under the sand. Lighting was 40W over a 20 gal tank, I did fertilize with home made aquatic plant fertilizer and usually added flourish excel or yeast Co2 although the carbon addition was sporadic.