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    Hi everyone.
    What do you guys think this is? Got it about 4 days ago. Looks like Rotala sp. Green or maybe Hemianthus Micranthemoides. It pearls nicely from the top where new leaves form...
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    Thanks Izak
     
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    I'm now leaning towards Hemianthus micranthemoides rather than Rotala sp. Green. because the leaves seen from above does not look like a star shape as seen on Rotala. Is there no one that have this plant or that can ID it for me? :-\
     
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    looks like hemianthus micranthemoides to me too, rotala grows two leaves at a time, your has four, same as HM.

    nice plant dood!
     
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    Yeah! I really really hope for HM. Such an awesome plant that I don't think is very common in SA. And you can do a lot with it.

    The lower leaves look bigger than the new ones, and on almost every node there's a new stem growing. So it'll get nice and bushy ;)
    Can't wait for it to mature a bit.

    I'll keep you updated :)
     
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    Don't mean to burst your bubble, but my money is on Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan' still in it's submersed form. But let's hope I am wrong.
     
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    how many leaves per node on nanjenshan?
     
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    Also 4 Raymond
     
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    When I got mine, they did not look like that either. They had round fat leaves, new growth changed to a narrower thinner leave shape. It is sometimes hard to tell so early on, light also plays a role in the shape of your leaves.

    These are the only pics I could find of the early stages of my 'Nanjenshan':

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    If I look close enough at some of your newer leaves, you can see they are already thinner than the original leaves ....?!

    But hey, I am usualy way of with my plant ids. ;D
     
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    Thanks for the pics, how does your rotala look now? Even thinner? My new growth looks a lot like your pics, but my tops stay closed (will form a oxygen bubble there) and that's why I'm not 100% sure though. I'm very excited to see the outcome of this plant.. And will take a pic again next week.
     
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    I've decided that this is Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan'. The new growth looks entirely different than the emersed form :p
    Thanks for the ID Silikube, I'm pretty chuffed because this is my first Rotala. And it's doing very good with loads of new stems.
     

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