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Re: Why does E.Tenellus belong to E. family?
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: Why does E.Tenellus belong to E. family?
- From: Paul Krombholz <krombhol at teclink_net>
- Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 22:58:22 -0500
- In-reply-to: <200208181948.g7IJm1A01330 at acme_actwin.com>
- References: <200208181948.g7IJm1A01330 at acme_actwin.com>
>From: "Wong Chee Huey " <tyneside at singnet_com.sg>
>I've always wondered why E.Tenellus belongs to the sword family? It looks
>unlike any other swords that I know of. Others have a blade of leaf attached
>on the petiole but tenellus looks just like a narrow blade of grass.(blyxa
>Moreover, tenellus propagate by runners which I do not see in other swords.
>I've never tried growing it on land. Does it send a flower stalk with
>plantlets growing on it?
I had an E. tenellus bloom last year, and it had the typical
Echinodorus flowers, albeit very tiny and on thread-like stalks. E.
tenellus comes in two varieties, according to Kasselmann, one with
narrow, 1-2 mm wide, long leaves and the other with broader, but much
shorter leaves. I have both of them. There are also three other
Echinodorus species with runners: E. quadricostatus, E. bolivianus,
and E. angustifolius.
Paul Krombholz in well-watered central Mississippi, with rain the
last 6 afternoons, but none today.