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    Re: Flowers of my Cryptocoryne collection / field trip

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    C. sp. 'Kota Tinggi' - a flower in its natural habitat

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    C. sp. 'Kota Tinggi' - the colour of the cultivated flower is pale in comparison to those in the wild

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    C. cf. nurii 'Bintan' - collected spathes which bloomed in my tank, they are termed by some collectors as C. nurii due to the looks of the leaves (wavy edges with markings) but the flowers do not have the classical heart shape limb

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    C. nurii 'West Pahang' - a blooming spathe in the wild, the spathe is relatively much smaller as compared to the rest of the C. nurii found in other locations

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    C. ferruginea 'Sungai Kerait' - a newly flowered spathe, finally after more than 1 year of cultivatation

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    C. cf. nurii 'Bintan' - again, the cultivated spathe lacklustre and the limb rots easily, just 1 day after blooming

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    C. keei 'West Kalimantan' - the spathe in its natural habitat

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    C. cordata 'West Kalimantan' - in its natural habitat, but I am not able to identify which C. cordata variety this specimen belongs to

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    C. fusca 'West Kalimantan' - an unopened spathe in its natural habitat

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    Absolutely amazing collection you have there, love the C. keei 'West Kalimantan' & C. cordata 'West Kalimantan'
    ...I love rubies too ...
    Ken

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    Hi Ken, glad you liked them, I just upgraded from using N73 camera to Canon A480 (still a cheap camera though) before I went to Kalimantan, so the quality of the future photographs should be much better...


    C. cf. ferruginea 'West Kalimantan' - the spathe in its natural habitat (I am using "cf." as I am not 100% sure whether I identified the species correctly)

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    C. pontederiifolia 'Singapore' - an old photograph of the first wild spathe I found

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    C. wendtii 'cultivated' - an aquarium strain which I cultivated emersed in a flooded flower pot and it bloomed
    Last edited by illumbomb; 25th Jun 2009 at 23:02.

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    Bro, I just got some crypts(emmersed) from Teo's Aquatic Plant farm in Lim Chu Kang.. He gave me the soil he used to grow the plants in. I have just mixed it well with water, making it a "soupy concoction" and planted them in small pots acquired from a nursery in that area too. Will this work? Saw him growing them emmersed only on a tray in the open! But the spathe won't grow right? Didn't see any growing there...

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    Hi Fauzy,

    If you bought those already grown in fully emersed form in open areas in Teo farm, you should be able to grow immediately them too in emersed form in an open environment (i.e. as opposed to in enclosed tanks). Which species did you bought, C. wendtii?

    However, i suggest that you keep the substrate / soil moist (I presume the pots you bought are fully enclosed? Else you will have to water them regularly) as cryptocorynes are found in wet areas in the nature (i.e. either in or along the banks of streams / rivers / swamps). Also, better don't leave the pots in full sunlight immediately, keep them in a shady location. I faced some problems with growth of BGA on the soil surface when growing cryptocorynes in the above manner so be prepared for it...

    It is possible that some of the old leaves melt away after planting but as long as you see new leaves growing out, it should be fine. Once the cryptocoryne is well established and growing well (aim to ensure this), it hopefully should reward you with a spathe. I can't really advise on the exact time duration required for formation of spathe as it ranges from a few months to more than a year based on my experience. Have fun!

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    Thanks for the reply! I got a few, one of it should be C.Nurii, red underleaf and bullated texture. Yup, enclosed pots! The substrate now is very muddy as the soil given to me was hard. They have all since wilted, all leaves are limp. By the way, I am a fan of your blog! Would love to collect some specimens from local streams before they become "extinct" but not sure where to begin!

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    Hi Fauzy,

    If you want to be safe, you can keep the pots in an enclosed tank first and slowly acclimatise them to lower humidity condition. If not, at least keep your pots slightly flooded will help too.

    Most of the cryptocorynes found in the wild in Singapore are in the areas designated as nature reserves under the Parks and Trees Act. Do bear in mind that you will risk getting fines / imprisonment or both if you are caught collecting any plants from such areas, unless you are very sure that the area is out of that gazetted as nature reserve or national parks.

    Anyway, Singapore is doing rather well in protecting our last remaining forest areas. However, I frequently see clearing of forest for other land use in Malaysia and Indonesia. The cryptocorynes in those areas are facing more threats of extinction than in Singapore.

    My explorer's friend's blog is much more interesting than mine as he goes for field trip every week and have found many specimens which I believed might be new. He found many new cryptocoryne locations during his latest trip to Lingga Island! Enjoy!

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    Ok.. Thanks for making me aware of it! Actually I am a keen follower of your blog and Mr Nakamoto's too.. I am currently making space to place "Five Plan" tanks underneath my arowana tank stand to have an enclosed emmersed setup like yours! So I'll be on my way then, thanks bro!

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    C. cordata var. cordata 'Rompin, Pahang' - spathe of C. cordata (should be var.cordata since it was found in Peninsula Malaysia?) in its natural habitat

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    C. sp. 'Lingga Island (location 14)' - a collected spathe

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