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 Post subject: Gentilly Johnnie - Botany 102 Questions
New postPosted: September 19th, 2010, 5:36 pm 
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Picked up an aquatic plant last year at Jefferson Feed, Pet, and Gawdin when the only person who knew what it was, wasn't there.

It has elongated, heart-shaped leaves, each on an individual stalk, and it sends out stems with clusters of little white flowers. At least, there are flowers in the morning, but by the afternoon, as in these photos, the flowers are wilted. Note the traditional quarter in two of the three photos, although like Waldo, it may be a bit hard to find.

If the clusters are in water, they send out roots, then leaves, then more stems and clusters: a whole 'nother plant.

The two that survived the winter are thriving now and making lots of offshoots. This spring I wrapped their roots in used-up pieces of indoor aquarium filter medium (full of fertilizer) and rubber bands, so they wouldn't be subject to goldfish nibbling. Those plants are nearly two feet tall. Their offspring are about half as high. Also they don't have to compete with all that nasty water lettuce I had last year, only one of which survived the winter.

The other plants in the fountain are some loose parrot feather and anacharis, plus some potted irises. And my wife put some "boston" ferns in there last week - how well they do remains to be seen. So far everything seems to be doing well with the goldfish to help fertilize, half a dozen or so 10-cent feeders, one of which made it through the winter. The plants also hide the fish from hunting critters, I suspect either neighborhood cats who claw up the wooden fence on their way over the top, or big birds from the batture across the street.

Anyway, what konna plant is it? And is it native or alien?

File comment: What clusters do when they are in the water. Sorry, no quarter.
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File comment: What happens when they aren't in the water.
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File comment: The quarter is in the lower right-hand third. Also note petrified road apples that look like potatoes, in the clamshell of the fountain.
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