Friday, 16 September 2016

Cryptocoryne beckettii

A Cryptocoryne beckettii spathe

A Cryptocoryne beckettii spathe

A pretty rough 'n ready Crypt. beckettii spathe.  Plenty of new growth so clearly the plant is happy enough.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Cryptocoryne crispatula var. kubotae

This is a young plant coming back from near death after a brief stint submerged.  The variety that is in Australia is proving very hard to grow immersed but is quite robust emersed. It was thought to be lost for many years...but miraculously was found in a collection or re-imported.

The variety we knew as Crypt tonkinensis was recently named Cryptocoryne crispatula var. kubotae

Niels Jacobsen, Jan D. Bastmeijer, Bhanubong Bongcheewin, Takashige Idei, Duangchai Sookchaloem & Marian ├śrgaard (2015) A new variety of Cryptocoryne crispatula Engl. (Araceae) from Thailand.  Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) p.p. 104–110 [download PDF ]

The "real" tonkinensis from the former Tonkin province in northern Vietnam is a more robust plant : see: Willdenowia August 2015,- "The identity of Cryptocoryne crispatula var. tonkinensis (Araceae)"

Every day... something new :D