Cryptocoryne ellipica Hooker f.

In 1985, Jacobsen and Bogner were able to rediscover the tiny Cryptocoryne elliptica in the forest, West of Penang on the Malay peninsula. It grows in the swamps of the Pondok-Tanjung Forest Reserve, together with Cryptocoryne minima.

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A full grown, cultivated C. elliptica, growing in a beech tree litter substrate. Note the bent down top of the limb, a common feature in Cryptocoryne.
photo Jacobsen
A cultivated C. elliptica producing dozens of small spathes, but no one matures. A striking difference in luxury growth due to substrate. In the pot a granite soil from Sweden, in the container a pure beech tree litter layer
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An abundantly flowering C. elliptica, cultivated in beech tree litter (the color of the picture is too bluish). Note the curved limbs of the spathe.
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Another picture of this very rare Cryptocoryne. Note again the typical twisted limb.
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A very special feature of C. elliptica is that it can propagate from a leave. See Jacobsen et al. (1989).
photo Jacobsen
A detailed drawing of C. elliptica is found in de Wit (1990).
drawing Ike Zewald
Distribution of C. elliptica in West Malaysia. The plant grows abundantly in the Pondok-Tanjung Forest Reserve.

Cryptocoryne elliptica is a difficult plant to grow. After a period of successes, the plants disappeared. Honors to Hans Erhl from Germany, who has a stable stock of it.

Updated August 2000


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