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Re: Echinodorus compacta
>>"My E. parviflorus is the original, or wild type of E. parviflorus,
Tropia is selling a cultivar that came from Singapore or Sri Lanka and
which has a much more compact growth. It is my humble opinion that the
leaves look a little unhealthy and distorted. <<
Again, let me re-iterate, from what I have been able to find out,
parviflorus var tropica is not a cultivar, and despite the name has nothing
to do with Tropica plants. This is according to other databases besides
Tropica such as Dennerle, Eheim, and a couple of others. I also found a
write up about it in one of my plant books, but I cant remember which one.
It is reffered to as a sub specie of parviflorus naitive to South America.
Its listed in the Krib plant list as parviflorus var tropicO . The "wild"
version you refer to is described as having black veins in the leaves, which
is where the name Black Amazon comes from.
All this talk about comparing plants to pictures, I would think people would
know by now that many plants, particularly swords, can vary greatly in leaf
shape, size, and color. It is impossible to go soley by pictures. For
instance I have kept the cultivar, Indian red sword which as had large oval
shaped leaves, and those with long tapered leaves like a Red rubin. I have
raised 'Oriental' swords with different leaf shapes on the same plant.
Robert Paul Hudson