Just wanted to share with you one of those rewarding first times everybody experiment with their aquariums. My Echinoderus sp. (I also take the opportunity for you to identify it up to species) has bloomed. Please see the pictures below:
- First steps. F->Flowering stem. L->Floating leaf in development.
- Floating leaf completely developed. These have red freckles and are larger than the regular vegetative leaves.
- Flowering stem completely grown. First flowers opened (only lasted one day). A curious thing happened: the flowering stem has 4 verticilles and buds begun to open on the second one from the bottom (?!)
- Flower, detail. Trigonal simetry: 3 sepals, 3 petals, 18 stamens. Isn't it beautiful?
By the way, I also wanted to thank Tom and the Plant Guru Team for this web site and for their hard work. You make our tanks better guys!!