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