Plant of the Thirty day period
Difficulty: November 2009
Creator: Drinda Jacobson
Prevalent Names: Polygonum sp. “Pink”
Buy: Caryophyllales (Polygonales)
Loved ones: Polygonaceae
Indigenous Distribution: Considered to be from Jap Asia, escalating at the water’s edge in wetlands this kind of as swamps and ditches
Aquarium Placement: Track record, midground in big aquaria
Necessities: Medium gentle, CO2 addition suggested
Polygonum sp. “Kawagoeanum” has a bamboo-like look. It is a fast grower that is very easily cultivated. Leaves can get up to close to three inches in duration, building the width of one particular stem up to six inches in diameter. Even though this seems big, the plant can very easily be utilized in medium-sized aquariums thanks to its tiered, bamboo-like progress sample.
Polygonum sp. “Kawagoeanum” branches very easily and, in contrast to other Polygonum species, does not improve exceptionally vertical. It also has a inclination to improve stem roots, which can be an unpleasant nuisance. These can be properly trimmed off with no harm to the plant.
With large gentle, phosphate, iron, and COtwo it can achieve a lovely crimson/magenta shade on the finishes of its leaves. This shade provides way to an olive environmentally friendly as the gentle receives much less extreme. Whilst this plant can acquire up vitamins from the substrate, h2o column nutrients are also readily utilized for the reason that it is a stem plant.
Polygonum sp. “Kawagoeanum” is normally perplexed with Polygonum sp. “Sao Paulo.” It can be differentiated from the latter by its prolific branching behavior, deficiency of real severe vertical progress, and redder magenta shade. Newer to the aquarium pastime, it is not typically observed in outlets or via on the net distributors. Hobbyists are the most trusted supply of trade for this plant. The correct taxonomy of the plant circulating in the pastime is still unsure, but its putting coloration need to make certain its level of popularity.
Use in Aquascaping:
Simply because of its putting coloration, Polygonum sp. “Kawagoeanum” can be a fantastic focal plant. Its peak and branching behavior, as properly as its not-so-ideal reduction of base leaves, make it a great applicant for a track record plant. The hobbyist need to know that this plant will have to have frequent servicing thanks to its brief progress.
Since Polygonum sp. “Kawagoeanum” in a natural way types a dense branching bush, it is ideal suited for a naturalized aquascape relatively than the neatly trimmed Dutch-design and style aquascapes.
Propagation: It can be developed emersed or submerged. Clippings will root. It will flower emersed and create seeds.