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Re: Texas indigenous plant
>>I think your sword plant is Echinodorus barteroi,
the cellophane sword. It produces a variety of shapes
of leaves underwater, ranging from strap-shaped to
chordate, to heart-shaped, and then starts producing
floating and emergent leaves. The submersed leaves
are somewhat transparent and quite beautiful, but the
plant has a strong tendency to produce emersed leaves.
About the only way to prevent emersed leaves is to
severely prune the plant back, keeping it small.<<
Paul's description certainly fits the plant which I
thought was spatterdock. I think Paul is correct (and
not me). And I never did find a way to prevent the
floating leaves, beyond trimming the plant to the
point of killing it.
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