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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-23-2013, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Need help identifying a plant

I bought this plant recently and no one could tell me what plant it is. If someone could please tell me what plant it is, and how it propagates. It seems to have stems with root's coming out of the leaves. It also has little stems coming out from the bottom of the plant. Do I just break those off to form new plants? I'm new to planted tanks, and would really appreciate some help. Thanks!
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I'm guessing java fern or something similar


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It is Java Fern. The roots coming off the leaves are baby plants. You can leave them be and they will separate from the mother when they are ready.

The bottom of the plant with roots is called rizhome. The plant does much better when it is attached to a stone, decoration, or driftwood - do not put it into the gravel.

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El Nino fern. It propagates with small plantlets forming on the leaves like java fern. Keep the rhizome above the substrate if you can.
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Thanks everyone! I was guessing java fern but it looked so different from the pictures online. So the roots on the leaves will fall off by itself? Yay more plants!
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It might be from emersed growth...? Just looking at pics on Google, both Microsorum and Bolbitis can get that extended leaf look.

But yes, "plantlets" will detach themselves from the mother plants by themselves. You can pinch them off too, but I prefer letting them do their thing.
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