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My Blyxa Japonica is growing flowers....pic

At the moment I have two bushes of Blyxa Japonica but one decided that it didn't like the substrate so it came up to the top. Since I was having an insane amount of exams last week, I just left it floating at the top. Anyway, I was feeding the fish today and noticed that it started growing a white flower that is coming out of the water. Up until today I never knew that these plants can grow flowers so I was skeptical myself but when I raised the plant the flower came with it. I know, I know.....we need some pictures but my girlfriend has my camera because she's taking pics of her snowball shrimp all the time . Anyway, I took a pic with my cell phone camera which might be hard to see. The picture was taken on top of one of my Finance books so look where the "G" is and you should be able to see the flower.

Since I have limited time at the moment, I'll be leaving the plant floating for another week or so to see what the heck comes out of this. Hopefully it's not something poisonous from the tropics....One more thing, you can barely see it in the pic but the plant is very very rustic red, almost has no green in it from the crazy amounts of Co2 and lighting.

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Congrats, I didn't know it could do that.

When mine floats, it ends up on it's side.
I'm trying to figure out how to trim mine since it's getting taller.

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Congrats, I didn't know it could do that.

When mine floats, it ends up on it's side.
I'm trying to figure out how to trim mine since it's getting taller.
Thanks!!

Mine floats on its side as well.
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Very cool!
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thats so cool.....

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My Blyxa aubertii regularly has these little white flowers. Nearly all the time, though they rarely open at all. I remember reading if phosphates are much over 1-2 ppm, that Blyxa japonica will regularly produce these flowers. I guess my phosphates are consistently over 2 ppm. And if the plant has adequate light, they do turn a nice golden yellow with salmon pink here and there. Neat plant for sure, and not invasive like vals!





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Very cool, for some reason at the moment, my amazon frogbit (mini lilys) seem to be growing small stalks which are flowering above the surface.
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You mean like this?



It is common for Blyxa to flower while floating or in shallow water. In its own habitat, it flowers when water recedes or when its leaves are above water

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Wow, love the flower! Where did you get your Blyxa Japonica, I've been looking for some of this for a while now but can't seem to find it.
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Wow, love the flower! Where did you get your Blyxa Japonica, I've been looking for some of this for a while now but can't seem to find it.
Go in the Swap and Shop forum....there is always somebody selling some
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Okay, will do, thanks!
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Indeed. I just cleared out my 75G and had an unreal amount of blyxa.

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Well my picture is about as close up as I can get with my camera and my skill level! The flowers on Blyxa Aubertii and japonica look identical. The flowers come from side shoots on the leaves. Mine are imported from Indonesia and are one of the simplest plants for me to grow. I grow them in plastic tubs underneath flourescents in about 6" deep of water and clay gravel.

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