Re: Anubias ID and help requested

Dear Julius:  I have a revision of Anubias so if you send me a photo
some time perhaps I can key this thing out for you.

> ----------
> From: on behalf of Frank C. Marini
> Sent: 	Tuesday, March 25, 1997 12:27 AM
> To: 	Julius Boos
> Subject: 	Anubias ID and help requested 
> Hello to all in the knowledge:
> I was pointed to this site-because you are the world expert on plants.
> [Q]
> I recently purchased two very werid pieces of anubias which I can't 
> identify
> This anubias looks unlike my other pieces (a.congonsis,
> barteri, nana) its has very tall slender stalks (8-10" tall) with a
> arrowhead shaped leaf which points up at a 45 degree angle, the bottom 
> of each leaf is forked and curls up to form a cup like structure. It 
> appears to be an anubias, but with a twist. These little projections at 
> the bottom point down and outward and are about 1" long.
> This is a drawing of the leaf
>   leaf top  ------------->     x
>                              x  x
>                             x    x
>                            x      x
>                            x      x
>                            x      x
>    middle of leaf--------> x      x
>                            x      x
>                            x       x
>                           x  x   x  x
>                          x  x     x  x
>                         x  x       x   x    bottom of knub
>                       xx x    x x   x xx
>                               x x
>                               x x
>        stem -------------- >  x x
> I am positive it is an anubias. Rhizome, roots structures. Additionally 
> new leaves are appearing which are not the same shape-they appear to be 
> more of a rounded spearhead shape w/ no sign of the little flanges at 
> the bottom.
>  Also I beleive something is
> wrong w/ this anubias because the bottom of the plant (where the leaf 
> meets the
> rhizome) is turning brown, and one leaf looks as though it is "rotting
> frank
> Dear Frank,    I've previously seen what you discribe [leaf-shape, etc.] in 
> the above-water leaves on a plant grown in deep water in Miami some years ago. 
>   The thing is that cuttings from this same plant, but grown under different 
> conditions and water depths  produced leaves of a DIFFERENT shape to the 
> original!!!  
>   Anubias is a VERY variable genus, and until you can produce an infloresence 
> for positive I.D. at a herbarium or somesuch, you'll have to make do with 
> whatever name you can come up with for the time being.
>    The plant may not have a problem-  they are generally VERY hardy but slow 
> growing, and may loose several or most of their leaves when transplanted, 
> especially to a new enviroment with new light levels, water depth, etc.   They 
> will produce DIFFERENT shaped leaves [as you see].   Keep your eyes on the NEW 
> growth and leaves, and expect the old to rot off.   As long as the rhizome is 
> firm, iy will recover!!
>    Hope this helps!
>                            Reguards,  Julius

Thomas B. Croat, Ph.D.
P.A. Schulz Curator of Botany
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
phone: 314-577-5163; fax 314-577-9596; email

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