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Eriocaulon ratnagiricum - Very small, rare and extremely beautiful erio

Well, Each and every plant in Eriocaulaceae family is like a gem but this one is slightly special than others.
Endemic to a very small region in southwestern India, Eriocaulon ratnagiricum got its name because of the city near which its found- Ratnagiri.
Some Russian hobbyists are claiming to have a species which they call E. ratonagiriuni (which is a totally wrong name at the first place). The plant that they have grows pretty big and I think its E. sulawesi.

A Japanese friend told me that someone in Japan is trying to propagate erios by seeds. And then, I HAD to get these.
Finally got the seeds:


That's a 0.5mm pencil lead for size comparison.




I planted them and kept them at 5 different locations. One was in an emmersed high humidity container, one was in my tank, one was outside in little damp soild, one was outside in garden in sunlight.

One pot out of these 5 had plants in next 1 month. Guess which one was that?

Of course the one which was in my tank
Haha.. but seriously somehow all others didn't germinate. So I had 6 plants-


And then I dismantled my tank and shifted this small container to an emmersed high humidity container. It has been doing great since.
This plant gets just 2- 2.5 centimeter big. The leaves are 0.5-1 X 0.2 cm in size.
Somehow one of the 6 plants went missing in my tank because of the flow or something. So I have 5 of them now.
Here are some pics-

At exactly one month after germination-





At 45 days after the germination-















Then a friend who lives near this place in India, decided to go there and check this plant himself. What's the first thing he found?
A baby cobra. LOL


And then these-


I am still not sure if its the same species or not. Time will tell.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a new plant

And yeah, just in case, if someone wants to have a look at the research paper for this species, it can be found here

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thats tight, i doubt its E. Sulawesi though...


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Amazing. I would love to try Erio seeds. :3
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thats tight, i doubt its E. Sulawesi though...
Do you have any pics of sulawesi? Or have you kept one?
I would love to compare them side by side.
The person who sent me these was damn sure that these are the true E ratnagiricum seeds.
I will consider that true unless I see the pics for it to be something else.

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Was I the only one who was like: "Aw what cute little plants. How beautiful. OMG it's a snake!"? Either way, I would've left the cobra where it was. Cool plants
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Do you have any pics of sulawesi? Or have you kept one?
I would love to compare them side by side.
The person who sent me these was damn sure that these are the true E ratnagiricus seeds.
I will consider that true unless I see the pics for it to be something else.
I don't have any pics sorry, but a scape member has eriocaulon sulawesi and it grows tiny. If you meant Eriocaulaceae sulawesi, then my bad


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That plant looks way better than eriocaulon sulawesi (that I've seen) anyways, erio sulawesi grows slow and dinky and tiny. You scored big, and I would love to have that plant when you have for sale


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That plant looks way better than eriocaulon sulawesi (that I've seen) anyways, erio sulawesi grows slow and dinky and tiny. You scored big, and I would love to have that plant when you have for sale
+1... Where excatly did you get the seeds? I would live to try and grow some. Would be amazing in a tank strickly for them..
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That plant looks way better than eriocaulon sulawesi (that I've seen) anyways, erio sulawesi grows slow and dinky and tiny. You scored big, and I would love to have that plant when you have for sale
Yeah I'd love to see some pics to compare them both.
Just because this is growing slow and tiny like sulawesi isn't enough to believe that this is sulawesi IMO.
Another guy on another forum said this looks like parkeri.
Does it look like aquaticum to someone? LOL
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Was I the only one who was like: "Aw what cute little plants. How beautiful. OMG it's a snake!"? Either way, I would've left the cobra where it was. Cool plants
Hahaha.. I am sorry for that picture. My friend was going on another hike the very next morning in deep jungle so he took it there and released it. The area where it was found was very near to a small village. Someone would have killed him there.
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sorry for the crap pics, heres two old photos of erio sulawesi when i had the plant, who knows maybe this one was mis identified



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very cool Sumer!

I love smaller erio!

Now lets see a flower!
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very cool Sumer!

I love smaller erio!

Now lets see a flower!
Haha.. I hope so too
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Wow! That's really cool was it a pain in the butt gettting the seeds? How much did you have to pay? Good luck growing those plants!
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Wow! That's really cool was it a pain in the butt gettting the seeds? How much did you have to pay? Good luck growing those plants!
Lets just not talk about the money part
I am enjoying the plants and its well worth the money I spent on them
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