Sunday, August 30, 2009
Below are some close up shots of the upper and underside of the leaves. The edges of the leaves are wavy and the leaves are generally green in colour.
The photographs featured below are for C. sp. 'Lingga 6'. The limb is yellow in colour and covered with protuberances, similar to many of the cryptocorynes found on Lingga Island. There is a distinctive red collar present too. My friend also termed this as 'bi-colour', you can see his blog for more photographs of its natural environment.
The front and underside of the leaves:
Is this a new species / varieties or should it be regarded as an existing species / varieties? We shall let the experts decide.
Another reason why I wanted to locate this was because my C. uenoi 'Sabal Kruin' in my collection recently suddenly melted and died. Locating this would allow me to better understand their natural habitat in order to hopefully grow them better next time.
It was already considered dark by the time we reached Kampong Sabal Kruin area where C. uenoi supposedly could be found, as can be seen from the photographs shown below.
As it was really too dark to continue our hunt, we did not bother to try to search for other patches of cryptocorynes there to locate a spathe to confirm the identity. I hope those people who previously located specimens in Sabal Kruin area had already found spathes to confirm that those cryptocorynes were really C. uenoi, and that only one species of crpytocoryne (i.e. C. uenoi) could be found growing at the location.
We called it a day and ended our findings for my 1st trip to Sarawak. We passed by our targeted last location, Kampong Kerait area where C. ferruginea supposedly could be found, on our way back without stopping as we were not armed with torch lights.
Pantu in Sarawak was a special area where I always wanted to visit because the C. longicauda found there had reddish coloured leaves. In fact, the 1st wild cryptocoryne which I killed was exactly C. longicauda 'Pantu'!
However, time was not on our side. The sun was setting and we were still targeting to visit 3 locations to locate the cryptocorynes found there and 'Pantu' was the immediate next one we were heading to. To make things worse, it started to drizzle a little. The lighting level and drizzle sort of affected all my photographs' sharpness, which I did not realised until I reached home and reviewed them.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
However, my friend "disturbed" some locals bathing in the stream when he ventured into the forest and we decided to proceed on to another area first. However, after driving for a while, we kept discussing that the forest definitely had cryptocorynes inside and giving it a miss would be a waste and thus we headed back.
We were right! After bashing deeper in, we found an entire carpet of emersed cryptocorynes covering the soft ground of the swamp forest. The shape of the leaves looked like that of C. longicauda and we soon managed to locate some unopened spathes to confirm their identification.