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Parasitic growth on plant

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I have linked photos of my anubias lanceolota, with some strange growths on the leaves. I believe that it is a parasite plant, as those worm like growths are actually roots, and it looks like there are rhizomes developing on the anubias leaf.

Does anyone have any idea what it is?

Also, I tried pulling them off, but I end up ripping the anubia leaf. How do I get rid of them? I am afraid that my other plants will succumb to this.

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I think your anubias is a java fern. It looks like it is producing plantlets on the leaves. Leave them there until they have a few leaves, then pluck them off and replant them. The "mother" leaf usually dies anyway, so don't worry about breaking it apart.
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I think your anubias is a java fern. It looks like it is producing plantlets on the leaves. Leave them there until they have a few leaves, then pluck them off and replant them. The "mother" leaf usually dies anyway, so don't worry about breaking it apart.
^^ wha yoink said. Anubias leaves are usually a little more rounded. And the fuzzy growth are roots of the plantlets.
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Java Fern, really? This plant was sold to me as anubias lanceolata. They are quite similar to the images of lanceolata that I have seen. Also, the base of the leaves do not grow directly from the rhizome as the java ferns. They have long stems coming out from the rhizome about 3 inches or so, then the leaf itself. This current plant has 4 leaves sprouting from the rhizome, total length of each leaf is 8 to 10 inches each. It doesn't look like a java fern to me.

Here's more photos of the whole plant.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v728/arndogg/3237.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7.../longstem1.jpg

This plant does share a base (driftwood) with a windelov fern. Is it possible that the fern "contaminated" the anubias(ok, maybe it isn't an anubias)? I do see growths on the fern leaves as well, only the roots are smaller.
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after searching the web for images of java ferns and anubias lanceolata, I have found a close match to what the poster calls a giant java fern. So, perhaps, I as sold a Java fern, and not an anubias lanceolata.

Oh well, at least I can propagate this plant and fill my tank.
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