Oxalis aquatica; maybe not, but consider these

bonaventure@optonline.net bonaventure@optonline.net
Tue, 31 Jan 2006 11:00:50 PST
Why didn't you cite South African orchid species of the genus Disa also growing with tuberous roots submerged ithe streamsides. They are very spectacular and worthy of growing in areas with moderate summer climates. Non-tuberous rooted South American slipper orchid Phragmipedium (excluding the subgroup compromising the species besseae, schlimii, richterii, and the newly discovered spectacular Phragmipedium kovachii) also may grow with roots, and seasonally entire plants, submerged in running water. The Florida Water Spider Habenaria repens grows floating on standing water with thick vining roots directly under the surface.
Near here in the New Jersey Pine Barrens the corms of Calopogon and Arethusa are now dormant in wet sphagnum moss just above the water in the bogs in which they stand.
These are all easy to cultivate in appropriate media by just standing the pot in a saucer of low mineral content water and keeping moist by refilling the resevoir as needed.

Bonaventure Magrys
Cliffwood Beach, NJ
USA zone 7

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Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2006 14:26:33 -0800
From: Harold Koopowitz <paph2@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Oxalis aquatica; maybe not, but consider these
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I have seen, Nymphoides species, Romulea aquatica, Spiloxene aquatica in 
the wild. Also I have seen Gladiolus tristis doing well in standing water 
in the wild. Narcissus jonquilla can be found in streams  and N. alcarensis 
is in bogs. Most of these are in seasonally wet areas. Crinums, 
Hymenocallis and a few cyrtanthus are also from boggy places. One might 
think about Rhodohypoxis bauerii that grows year round in high altitude 
seepage areas. There are many terrestrial orchids in Africa from seasonal 


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