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<< Steve Dixon wrote: A couple of weeks ago I bought a small sword
called "Ruby Mellon Sword" from my LFS. The scientific name listed
was Echinodorus Barthii.>>
I also bought a specimen identified as this recently. The leaves were
fairly small and very dark. It also had a common name of "Black
Sword". There was a lighter midrib and two lighter veins which seem to
all originate at the apex where the leaf and stem join. The largest
leaf is perhaps 3" but I've no idea if this is a mature plant. Many
swords seem to get much larger given fertile conditions and good
light. The Baench atlas picture and description of E barthii was quite
different so I'm curious if I have the right identification. Perhaps
this is a darker variety? Olga, is this what you got?
I couldn't get any E osirus but I did get a dark variety of E
horemannii (common name "Red Sword") which is very striking! While I
was there I also bought two new Crypts: C blassii (large dark leaves)
and C nurii (small mottled leaves).
Anyone in the Vancouver area can visit Noah's Pet Ark which has an
excellent variety of plants.
Steve P (Vancouver of course)