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Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Hybrid’

I acquired this plant back in June via a trade with a fellow member of The Planted Tank Forums. It came in a box with eight other plants and I posted pictures of all in a previous entry. I planted this crypt in a hanging planter and situated it in a little 15-gallon growout setup. It has had rather slow growth, but it looks good.

<em>Cryptocoryne wendtii</em> 'Hybrid'

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Hybrid'

This plant has distinctive foliage. A very fine reticulated variegation covers the leaves and the new leaves emerge with a rosy midvein coloration.

<em>Cryptocoryne wendtii</em> 'Hybrid'

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Hybrid'

A closer examination of the leaves reveals an additional variegation pattern, random splotches of lighter coloration.

<em>Cryptocoryne wendtii</em> 'Hybrid'

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Hybrid'

I only noticed this other variegation when I pulled the plant from its other enclosure in order to place it in the 55-gallon emersed crypt display. The splotchy variegated pattern of a new C. wendtii cultivar, ‘Florida Sunset’, has been unstable for many growers, disappearing after a short time in both immersed and emersed conditions. While its variegation is more subtle, this Cryptocoryne wendtii variety, apparently identified in the hobby with the provisional moniker ‘Hybrid’, might retain its variegation better and be a superior alternative for hobbyists wishing to enjoy a variegated crypt.

Posted in Crypts Emersed.


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  1. Phillip Brown says

    Beautiful foliage – I think a name better than Hybrid should be given it though.

  2. Hydrophyte says

    Phillip, Thanks for your comment! I agree that a better variety name might have been chosen for this plant. A few others have remarked that this plant actually more closely resembles another C. wendtii variety known as ‘Green Gecko’.