--- On Wed, 9/24/08, Adesh Shivkar <adesh....@gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Adesh Shivkar <adesh....@gmail.com>
> Subject: [indiantreepix:5007] Waytura (Aponogeton satarensis)
> To: indian...@googlegroups.com, "wildflowerindia" <WildFlo...@yahoogroups.com>
> Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 5:31 PM
> Place: Kass Plateau, Approx. 20 kms north of Satara,
> Location of flower / plant: Shallow fresh water
> pools.....we found this
> twice on the Kaas plateau.
> Date: 21st Sep'08
> Equipment: Canon 40 D Camera + Tamron 90 mm macro lens
> Species: *Aponogeton satarensis *
> *Local name (Marathi) : Waytura (In a shape of alphabet
They are fully aquatic herbaceous plants with milky sap, becoming dormant during drought conditions. Most species grow from tubers. Most Asian species remain submerged all year round, whilst the starchy tubercles of the African species are able to survive the dry season by shedding their leaves and undergoing a dormant period.
As the plant stops growing it can be taken out of the pond or aquarium and put in a bowl of damp sand. Keep the bowl in a dark, cool place with the sand kept damp for approximately 2 - 3 months at a temperature of about 50 - 64F (10 - 18C) until small leaves are seen to sprout from the tuber when they can be returned to the pond or aquarium to grow away again.