Torrey Posted August 12, 2021 Share Posted August 12, 2021 Name That Plant Dawned on me that I might not be the only one in here with health issues that affect memory. For those who are not regularly active in the Live Chats, I had a pretty impactful TIA in February, and struggle with words sometimes now. I was recently asked what a plant was I have had for years, and while I could describe the care it needed, I couldn't name it🤦♂️ So, I figured I would look in here for a plant naming guide.... and I couldn't find one. I don't have room on my phone to download the university app to identify aquatic plants.... and thought maybe folks here would enjoy adding their plant images, descriptions, [and if you want, brief care info] of your favorite plants. Have a plant that you don't remember the name? I'm sure someone in here can help! I'll start with my favorite for lowering calcium levels in the water: Hornwort: Hornwort is a 'floating' non rooted plant. It has a central stem with 'collars' of flat, needle like leaves (similar to norfolk pine). It tolerates water as low as the 50's, thrives in the 60's and 70's, and tolerates the 80's. It is great in QT tanks that use low level of salt, and is prolific in delta waterways (where river meets ocean). It needs calcium in the water, and is a great way to monitor water quality for 'pods and snails, as the hornwort will start dropping needles if calcium levels begin to drop. If you have a microscope, hornwort has a single large chloroplast per cell unlike other 'worts' like liverwort. Healthy hornwort can grow up to an inch a day, but typically averages 5" a week under ideal conditions. It is a great home for daphnia and other microorganisms for fry to feed on. It has a reputation for being difficult, typically because people are not aware of the high calcium needs of the plant. Enjoy my friend, hornwort! 8 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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