Cryptocoryne sp. JP0501

This week, after much anticipation, the spathe on Cryptocoryne sp. JP0501 finally opened up! Unlike any other spathe I’ve seen in person before, the flower is gorgeous, with rich color and texture! Additionally, its quite a large flower, and if you compare it to any of the spathe pictures on Jan’s website, you’ll see that this does not match any known Cryptocoryne species! As I understand from my recent conversations with Niels Jacobsen, this plant is still being investigated and as of right now is thought to be a hybrid between Cryptocoryne minima and Cryptocoryne griffithi. My personal opinion is that the texture resembles nurii more than griffithi. You certainly can see characteristics of both those plants in this spathe. I’ll be sending my pictures of the plant and spathe over to Jan soon, and hope to have some additional information about this unknown Cryptocoryne.

Collector code is: C. sp., JP0501, Sumatra, Riau, Sungei Pelan (Bast 1123).

Onto the pictures!

The spathe a day prior to opening.
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It opened up, you can see the limb is long, but its curled down and back making the limb look shorter than it actually is.
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Note the texture on the limb. Looks a little like nurii, don’t you think?
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The spathe is quite large, almost as wide across as my thumb.
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A cross section reveals purple color just inside the throat, but the rest is white.
It opened up, you can see the limb is long, but its curled down and back making the limb look shorter than it actually is.
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The female flower is well developed.
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