View Full Version : Help with Plant ID Please

09-28-2010, 06:53 AM
Alrighty. When I nabbed this plant from the store, they had labeled it as an anubias. Now, I knew it wasn't, but I liked the look.

I didn't even expect it to even partially flourish, but it grows like a fiend, even somehow starting a new shootling all on its own with no help from me.

It's just plain old Estes sand substrate with pebbles. No ferts. The light is a T5 I got from a fish club member. Not even sure what the wattage is.

I'd love to be able to ID this.

Just planted.

http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/8203/laetacaratank.th.jpg (http://img203.imageshack.us/i/laetacaratank.jpg/)

Pre-pruning, about two months later

http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/7080/rivertank1.th.jpg (http://img39.imageshack.us/i/rivertank1.jpg/)

Just pruned a few days ago ... you can see the little shootling in the foreground

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/5144/cut2u.th.jpg (http://img148.imageshack.us/i/cut2u.jpg/)

Little shootling (only a week old!!)

http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/8944/img0851p.th.jpg (http://img203.imageshack.us/i/img0851p.jpg/)

09-28-2010, 01:55 PM
some kind of val?

09-28-2010, 05:02 PM
I am thinking some sort of Crypt.. but that is a guess. The leaf structure and your new sprouts look more crypt-like than Val-like.

09-28-2010, 05:13 PM
It does seem to have a stem. I would think some sort of crypt as well.

09-28-2010, 05:17 PM
Weird, no pictures are coming up for me. :(

09-28-2010, 06:42 PM
Cryptocoryne balansae maybe? My tropical plant ID is not up to par, but that is my best guess.

09-28-2010, 07:40 PM
Weird, no pictures are coming up for me. :(

:18: What have you been doing with your computer lately? :hmm3grin2orange:

09-29-2010, 05:59 AM
I checked out Cryptocoryne balansae profiles, and leaves definitely have that crinkly look, although there is more red evident in the leaves that I don't see in balansae pictures. And the leaves are far more ribbon like and narrow.

The base was one large gnarled ball of roots ... propagating by runner seems likely from the shootling. And that shoot has grown like crazy. I'd always heard that sand was difficult to grow rooted plants in ... but this thing doesn't seem to care.

It is a really hardy plant. And the leaves not delicate at all. I find I'm really fond of it, though it does seem inclined to grow much faster than I would like. I was hoping to nab some more of it for another tank at some point, although by the looks of it, by the time I actually get the new tank up ... I'll have grown enough from the original :sbiggrin:

09-29-2010, 07:02 AM
If we can't find an answer for you, you might want to check out Plantedtank.net and see if they can pinpoint what it is. I'm curious as well.


Lady Hobbs
09-29-2010, 02:43 PM
I believe that's a spiral crypt. I bought a couple of them myself and have gotten tons of plants from them. Fast growers and very neat.

09-29-2010, 10:29 PM
Hmm. Kinda looks a spiral crypt, too ...

I will see if I can get some pictures that focus more on the plant itself as opposed to the tank.