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Re: Marsilea

Roger Miller asked about Marsilea

In Australia we have about 5 species of varying diameter and height. They
seem to prefer a marginal position in the wild and in deeper water develop
floating leaves. When I planted mine in an aquarium they became much
shorter and tended to develop a variable leaf form ( i.e. not always the
typical 4-leaf clover appearance) and had a tendency to send runners in all
directions. I think they would tend to quickly leave the driftwood even if
they strted there OK

You can trim them without harm. If you wish to get them back to 15 cm you
may need to put them in a pot in your garden pond. 

bhansen at ozemail_com.au

> Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 18:01:44 -0700 (MST)
> From: "Roger S. Miller" <rgrmill at rt66_com>
> Subject: a few questions
> I came across some Marsilea recently.  I've always wanted it, so I bought

> it, despite the fact that it was in terrible shape.  I've had it for a 
> couple (maybe 3?) weeks now, and pretty much all of the original leaves 
> have fallen off.  The bare stems are still in place, and new leaves are 
> growing in, but on very short stalks -- 2 cm instead of 15 cm.
> Can I trim the old stems back?  They look pretty hideous.  Also, can 
> Marsilea be grown attached like Java fern, or does it need to be rooted 
> in the substrate?  I've assumed the latter.  I've also assumed that the 
> plants will probably get back to their 15 cm height, but is there some 
> light level where it won't happen?  I kinda like the short little guys.