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Please ID this plant

I bought this plant 3 weeks ago from an lfs in Brooklyn, and I don't know what species it is (the lfs wasn't sure either). It looks very much like a crypt. What do you think?

At first, some of the leaves turned yellow with holes and then they started to melt. I realized then that there was a K def. in my tank (the l. repens was showing it too). After adding some KCI, the plant got better and sprouted new leaves. But instead of the green I was expecting, they turned out to be a healthy brown-orange, to red. It is a beautiful Autumn color. The picture doesn't do it justice.

Can anyone Id it? I really appreciate your help.

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Definitely a Crypt species. Looks like a Crypt. wendtii bronze or red (new leaf looks like a red, but the slightly older ones are bronze).

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Crypts are tough to ID, that is for sure!

What looks to Eric to be a C. wendtii, looks like C. lutea to me!

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Cool! Thanks guys. Appreciate the input.

I had a strong feeling it was a crypt. This is the 1st time I've seen it, so I wasn't too sure. I'm lucky to have it. Now I know why a lot of people make a big fuss about it. It is a beautiful plant.

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Definitely C. Lutea.
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I thought about C. lutea in the beginning, but haven't seen a specimen that will turn that nice red color, as in the picture.

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Where's Mr. Murphy when you need him?
He has all 30 species of C. wendtii.

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I thought about C. lutea in the beginning, but haven't seen a specimen that will turn that nice red color, as in the picture.

Hmm... I have C. lutea in my 55 gallon tank and it's a very dark reddish brown. High light and all that.
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Hmm... I have C. lutea in my 55 gallon tank and it's a very dark reddish brown. High light and all that.
Have C. lutea in my tank and it isn't red in the new leaf like in the picture (also high light). That red is very similar to the C. wendtii red instead.

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I have had Crypt lutea go from light green to a nice, bronzey-brown.

I think light definitely plays a role in the plant's color.

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I agree. I've had red wendtii go to almost a chocolate color in high light.

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The only thing that makes me shy away from saying it's a C. lutea is the large green leaf it has from it's previous home. I've never seen C. lutea, or my other choice C. petchii, put up a leaf like that one. I'd have to say it's probably a C. wendtii. If the leaves develop a 'hammered' look (bullate is the botanical term) you will know for sure it's not C. lutea, but don't hold your breath since not all C. wendtii have bullate leaves.

My recommendation is that you just enjoy how pretty it is and join the Wendtii Owners Club.

Yes James, I still say I have 30 varieties of C. wendtii.

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Thanks.

This lfs sell their plants for $2.00 each. I'll definitely be seeing them real soon.

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P.S: The plant is changing colors again.
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Wow, it could be a lot of things At first glimpse it reminded me of C. undulata.

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