narrow/needle leaf java fern

Nelson

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hi
can anyone tell me if there is a difference between these and if so what is it
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samc

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im not too sure but i think they are the same thing with a different name
 

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If there is a difference (and I am not sure there is)

When I see 'narrow' used in scapes it always looks shorter to me. This may be down to pruning though.

From experience I know that 'needle' leaves can grow over a foot long.

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Nelson

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hi
thanks again.i can get narrow leaf but does anyone know where i can get some needle leaf from
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I've bought "narrow" and "needle" ferns before, and in my experience "needle" ferns are longer and maybe a little thinner. "Narrow" is more dainty looking, in that it's shorter but still thin in my opinion :)
 

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From my experiance narrow is less resiliant and is a slower grower, I also find that if pruned frequently needle is much prettier and a much lighter green as well as suiting smaller tanks better, especially it's new leaves which are very thin and very needle like.
 
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It really depends on where you get your narrow leaves fern from. I've bought it from Far east and tropica and both looks similar to a certain extend but the far east variety is a lot longer. I had them in a 18 inches tall tank and all the leaves were growing nearly to the water surface. The width of the leave is about half of that of a philipine or tropica variety fern. The needle leave that I had grows no more than 8" long and it's even more narrow than the narrow leave that i have previously. I've also recently acquired a java fern mini which is even smaller than the needle leaves and you can see the difference in the two leaves quite distinctively if you place them side by side.
 

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Neil I have some Needle leaf which I can take from my scape. Let me know the next time you pass my way :)
 

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So is there a difference between narrow/needle and trident or just different names.

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Definite difference.

needle has narrower leaves than narrow, but it is a subtle difference.
the leaves on trident are split (and also very thin).
 

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