Cryptocoryne wongsoi I.B. Ipor

It was quite a surprise when Wongso and Ipor found a new Cryptocoryne in the northern part of Sumatera (Indonesia). This plant resembles in the vegetative part strongly both C. pontederiifolia and C. moehlmannii but has distinct hairs on the leaf margin and the lower side of the blade. The spathe of C. wongsoi has much longer tube.

In the dry season the habitat dries out ...
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photo Wongso
... but the soil is humid to faciltate growth. coll. SW1507
photo Wongso
A close up of emersed growing plants.
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photo Wongso
C. wongsoi is very easy to grow, here in a mixture of coarse sand and peat litter, with an additional ferilizer.
coll. SW1507, cult. B1623
       
C. wongsoi propagates very abundant and flowers easy.
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A fresh openend limb of the spathe, the limb upright. There is no elevated rim "collar" betwee, throat and limb.
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photo Wongso

This limb twist backwards...

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... and this one forewards.
coll. SW1507, cult. B1623
       

An old limb, c 3 days open.
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the smooth transition of throat and limb.
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Lower side of the leaf, scale in mm.
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Opened lower part of the spathe, usually named the kettle. Scale cm.
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Female flowers in the lower part of the kettle.
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Male flowers on the upper end of the spadix.
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pollen grains are presed out of the male flowers and are fully stained with cottonblue, indicating that they are fertile.
coll. SW1507, cult. B1623
C. wongsoi is known from only locality in northern Sumatera.
       

C. wongsoi resembles strongly C. pontederiifolia and C. moehlmannii in the vegetative parts, The hairy lower sideand must flower to be sure for identification.

Cultivation is easy in a sand-peat litter mixture but can also grow in fagus soil. Flowering all over the year. It must be a good aquarium plant.

literature:
Bastmeijer, J.D., Budianto, H., Ipor, I.B., ├śrgaard, M.& Jacobsen, N. 2016. Crryptocoryne wongsoi (Araceae), a new species from Sumatera, Indonesia. Aroideana Vol. 39 no 2: 4-14 (Document service)

updated 15 February 2018