help with plant ID: pink flowers, long/broad green leaves

RevanJuly 28, 2013

I picked a few of these from a lake in northern Utah while canoeing, hoping I'd be able to grow em in my tanks since they're just pretty.

Does anyone know the name of the plant or what kind it is? They were firmly attached to the lake floor; leaves were in the surface and only the flowers were exposed.

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Revan

Oops, I guess this should be in the Name That Plant! section, sorry. I don't see a delete option, hmm...

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 3:53PM
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diggery(z8)

Hello, Revan, and welcome to the pond forum. Can't help you with the id but posting here is fine. Perhaps someone else will be able to help you out. They are lovely.

blessings,
~digger

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 5:13PM
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Revan

Thanks, Digger... it did get answered -- awesome! It's non-toxic, though needs substrate & real sunlight so I'll bury the roots it in a small pot & put the tank by a window that can be opened during the day. They are lovely :)

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 6:24PM
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diggery(z8)

Great. Now don't leave me hangin'. Do tell, what was the id? Inquiring minds want to know, lol.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 11:52PM
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Revan

Oh, right lol... they're called Polygonum Amphibium or water knotweed (lotsa links so I'll let ya google it and pick hehe). It's apparently common all over the U.S., and can grow easy... classified as a weed -- real pretty weeds :)

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 12:52AM
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diggery(z8)

Thanks. Don't think I've seen one.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 6:14PM
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johnnie_nsw(NSW Aust)

They're common in UK & Europe, but that's a nice specimen you got there...

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 3:35AM
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Revan

Ah, cool... apparently found all over the US too, and anywhere that's "wet" enough, though I've never seen one (or maybe just not this nice hehe).

It seems to be growing fine potted in soft substrate in the aquarium with full-spectrum lighting (and near the window). The turtles like docking on it :)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 4:06PM
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diggery(z8)

Handsome lil fella, he is, he is.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 7:10PM
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diggery(z8)

Handsome lil fella, he is, he is.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 7:12PM
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