Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cryptocoryne sp. 'Kota Tinggi'

I had the good fortune to be able to visit the remaining habitat of this dwindling population of cryptocoryne species which is located in the midst of an oil palm plantation in Kota Tinggi in Malay Peninsula.

The habitat is a say less than 5m x 5m sandy mud pool (legs can easily sink in up to calf level) with water maybe about 10cm high and pH 6 to 6.5 (I thought it would be much more acidic but I was wrong!).

Apart from fighting against extinction due to human activities (i.e. redevelopment which would include land fill and cutting down of oil palm trees, etc), it also has to struggle to strike a delicate balance with other aquatic / semi aquatic plants to share the limited space within the mud pool.
Below are some photographs showing the "more emersed" leaves, the matured spathe, a wilting spathe as well as the beauty of its submersed leaves.

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