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Hygrophila corymbosa

March 8, 2015

Once every eternity, an aquarium plant blooms for me.  For the past few weeks, the Hygrophila corymbosa has been putting on a show for everyone who glances at the shrimp tank.  At every branch and leaf node, a handful of little purple flowers peeks out at you.  They don’t have any smell, and they last for only a few days each.  But they just keep coming!

Little purple shrimp-poo flowers. Neat, huh?

I don’t fertilize the shrimp tank, and rarely change the water.  I guess it gets all it needs for this display from the shrimp poo that they grow in.  I don’t think there are any bugs to pollinate the flowers, so I probably won’t get any seeds.

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