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Echinodorus observaton

I've been propagating this large Echinodorus sp. identified as a hybrid
by Karen, that resembles E. martii, for several years.  Recently one of
the younger, but rather large plants, put up a flower stalk that hit the
lights and wilted at the growth tip.  It was doing no harm so I left it
there and noticed that the stalk was getting thicker than usual but
other than that all seemed normal.  Some time latter I noticed that the
oldest, largest leaves looked like they were being rasped by the
Bristlenose, again nothing unusual, the plant gets too big anyway and
this is a good way of controlling it's growth.  Yesterday I noticed
these very same leaves all floating at the surface, they had rotted off
at the bottom, now this is unusual.  When I pruned away the surrounding
plants so I could get a good look at what was going on, to my surprise I
found several plantlets growing attached to the base of the original
plant, just as they normally do on the flower stalk.  Has anyone
observed this behavior, or have an idea as to what may cause this to

Ed Hengel