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Proserpinaca in Winter
- To: <Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com>
- Subject: Proserpinaca in Winter
- From: Thomas Barr <tcbiii at earthlink_net>
- Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 20:35:11 -0500
- In-reply-to: <200301311023.h0VANbZV030159 at otter_actwin.com>
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I went out to see what was growing in the this same site after a cold spell
and there is a definite shift.
Many plants have died back but new ones take their place when it's cooler
Ludwigia palustris, Proserpinaca palustris both are dominanting many shallow
road side ditches. Pennywort, 2 Bacopa species, Lilies, Spatterdock, etc are
not doing as well.
Saw some nice submersed form of Spatterdock. I was tempted, but they get
Utricularia seems to have the upper hand now with another similar summer
time species. This one is less bushy, different flower, specialized floral
pneumatic leaves/peduncle similar to Hottonia inflata. Very pretty flower.
Not sure what this one's growth form will look like when it gets bigger and
grows out in the tank.
At least three species in this group and 4 carnivorous plants found in/close
to water so far. A cherry red sticky dew plant found in the sand along a
lake was the other. Found a "huge monster moss" in a nearby lake bed.
I know some one that'd be interested in this. But I don't know if it does
well under water. It's close to finger size diameter stems with Mayaca like
microphyll leaves. Creeps all over bogs. Lime green color.
The red Ludwigia and the Proserpinaca really turn very red in the drier
winter and many of pools and lakes become more clear. Sagittaria seems to do
well in the winter also and two species of algae.
I got looking at the Proserpinaca and got thinking of tiny pine trees which
grow all over where these plants are found. I think I'll try a mini pine
forest, the plants are very red now but they will hopefully green up with
some NO3 added. The plant is easily mistaken for Myriophyllum quite often.
Neat looking in nature.
Teaser: What is the maximum depth in lakes for plants(Dicots/monocots only,
not byrophytes/moss liverworts etc) and why?