narrow/needle leaf java fern

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by Nelson, 28 Feb 2009.

  1. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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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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    neil
     
  2. samc

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

    Nelson Member

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    thanks
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  4. Thomas McMillan

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    I think there is a difference, and I'm sure I knew what it was but I can't think at the moment.
     
  5. GreenNeedle

    GreenNeedle Member

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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.

    AC
     
  6. Thomas McMillan

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    ^ That's it ;)

    Narrow leaved Ferns tend to have longer leaves. Needle are smaller.
     
  7. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    hi
    thanks again.i can get narrow leaf but does anyone know where i can get some needle leaf from
    thanks
    neil
     
  8. Steve Smith

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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 :)
     
  9. Nelson

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    thanks
     
  10. Garuf

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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.
     
  11. Nelson

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    thanks again
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  12. daniel19831123

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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.
     
  13. mlgt

    mlgt Member

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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 :)
     
  14. Nelson

    Nelson Member

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    cheers,but this thread is over 2 years old ;) .
     
  15. mlgt

    mlgt Member

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    Oh ok :)
     
  16. hotweldfire

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

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  17. a1Matt

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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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