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Re: Nomaphila corymbosa 'compacta'
Roger and James, thanks so much for your input! Very, very helpful.
>I haven't grown the compact variety, but the non-compact plant is large.
>Mine have submersed leaves that get 8 inches long and 2 inches wide. The
>plant likes to grow emersed and can get more than 4 feet tall.
Oh, dear! I guess I won't be looking to get the non-compact variety...
Presently, my largest plant tank is a 5.5-gallon. One leaf would span the
width of the tank!
>I really like H. corymbosa, but it takes some care. In this case being
>"compact" might still get you a large plant that needs a lot of trimming.
Good thing I don't have CO2 injection in this tank, then. I can barely keep
up with maintenance, as it is.
Wow - what a great history lesson! I'm always amazed at how much background
info you are able to share... Might you be a biology professor?
>Don't discard the remaining "stem" - leave it alone and you might see
>dormant buds in the leaf axils start to grow, giving you more potential
>cuttings to increase your stock.
Cool! So it sort of does work like a rhizome... I've done this with crypts
- pluck off the plant/root, leave the bare rhizome partially exposed from
the substrate, and eventually, a new plant grows from it.
>When you look at a plant name and see a third name (i.e H. corymbosa
>'compacta'), usually enclosed in parenthesis or sometimes capitalized
>following the species epithet, it usually indicates a cultivated variety. If
>it appears without any emphasis, it would mean a natural sub-species. In
>this case, 'compacta' would mean a cultivated variety of H. corymbosa which
>is physically smaller than the natural form. Looking at the Tropica
>listings - you quite often see plant names which have three words - this
>just means that a lot of what they are selling are cultivated variants of
>the natural forms (and this is a good thing - it means that the nurseries
>are working to select and improve the plants that they sell).
So what would something like this be?
Maybe it's just identified willy-nilly, and basically the same as N.
corymbosa 'compacta'? If it is indeed a different plant, I would LOVE to
acquire this, somehow... I'd probably have to smuggle it in ;-). Okay - I
will trim the "stilt" and try to grow a new plant from it. I'll even put it
into one of my 2.5-gallon tanks, where miracles seem to happen daily ;-).
Thanks again! Very grateful for the responses.