[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Water Sprite

Subject: Ceratopteris thalictroides

>A couple of months ago I bought at a club auction several samples of the
>broad-leaf variety of water sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides, right?).
>It has been doing very well (I grow it floating) and, as expected,
>several aerial branches were sent out. I recently noticed that one of
>the plants has generated an emerged branch that looks quite different:
>instead of the expected broad, fringed leafs, it has thick (round
>section), narrow and pointy, almost needle-like leaves (it's hard to
>explain in writing how they look). Is there anyone that can explain to
>me what is the reason for this change? The other water sprite plants
>nearby are perfectly "normal".

The growth you describe is absolutely normal emersed growth.  Another
common name for this plant is "Horn Fern", which I think is quite descriptive.

Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Association