Tanjong Balai main street
claypot Bah Kut Teh
Locating cryptocorynes in the wild needs sense and sometimes luck as well. The 1st location where we had luck to find cryptocoryne was in a ditch within a kampong (village), probably man-made for irrigation and water supply for bathing, washing clothes, etc. The cryptocorynes were submersed about 0.3m to 0.5m below water, with their leaves all covered with dirt such that we had to step in to fish out a specimen before we could confirm that they are cryptocoryne.
Bull-eye, cryptocoryne! Although we did not managed to find any flowers, we guessed that it was C. griffithii from the appearance of the leaves. The substrate was sort of muddy and the pH of the water was about 6.5.
The 2nd location where we located cryptocorynes was along a flowing natural small stream. I first only noticed a small bunch of submersed cryptocorynes along the bank of the stream. Lifting my head up, I saw heaven: large patches of cryptocorynes growing emersed on the shallow banks upstream! We found an opened spathe this time to confirm that it was C. griffithii. The substrate at this location was sand and the pH again was about 6.5.