Of biscuits and Cryptocorynes
After a spartan breakfast of biscuits and a drink of water, we went to the first Cryptocoryne site. A little way along Michael showed us a location with Cryptocoryne bullosa. Most of the plants grew outside the water in a low, compact form. The water was a little cloudy, due to the heavy rain, so it was not worth taking shots underwater. After this location we visited some blackwater habitats, however they were all swamped due to the heavy rain so we could only guess at the water plants.
It became clear to us that we only wanted to visit clear water which did not become cloudy after rainfall. So we changed Michael’s plans and continued in a north-easterly direction to visit a habitat with Cryptocoryne striolata and Bucephlandra pygmaea.
The banks of this habitat were densely covered with Ooia grabowskii, which until recently was included in the genus Piptospatha. The pink coloured pseudo-leaves are striking with the arum standing within, which attracts a lot of small insects.
In this instance, the Bucephalandra have colonised some small rocks outside the water, but they also form larger groups with considerably longer leaves under water. There will be a long boat trip into areas that have previously been little explored tomorrow morning.