Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cryptocoryne noritoi 'East Kalimantan'

My explorer friend recently went to East Kalimantan and collected Cryptocoryne noritoi from there. I was lucky to obtain some live specimens as well as some preserved spathes. Below are some photographs of these specimens and spathes.
Note the cordate shape of the leaf which is mainly green in colour both at the upper and under sides. In my opinion, as compared to C. pontederiifolia and C. moehlmannii, the leaf edges of C. noritoi are slightly more wavy and the leaf bases are more cordate. And according to 'the crypt pages', the leaf veins have furrows (depressions) along them.
Some of the leaves were brown with some slight venation too.
Many specimens had fruits meaning that they were flowering profusely previously.
Although there was no live spathe found currently, I was lucky to be able to take the photographs of the spathes which were preserved in 70% alcohol by my friend.
I fished out a spathe from the alcohol to cut open the kettle. The colour of the limb had already faded.
Note the dark spot inside the kettle.
A poor fly was trapped in the kettle and was drowned in the alcohol dip.
The male and female flowers are as shown below.
Another preserved spathe which was not fully blooming yet was cut open for photograph taking.
Hopefully the specimens below grown in charcoal filter media will flower soon so that I can take the photographs of the fresh spathe for record.