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    Also Of interest while poking through the internet, I found these.



















    These are Trapa Bicornis Rosaries, Dated from 1870. Note how the seeds have the same face/structure,
    however they are almost completely missing the horns. Could this be evolution of the species evident in roughly 147 years?




    Also noted from the paper in the first photograph, with additional information
    - "Henriette Maurer later Mrs. Clarence Perry, Concert Pianist, pupil of Rubenstein: brought this set from Germany last of 1870s". Mrs Perry was from Boston and studied in Russia under the elder Rubenstein, she passed away in 1889, she was in her thirties, according to a notice in the Musical Courier. The plants are cultivated in the Lakes of Majena and Varesa in Italy, especially in the Bay of Angera, Lake Majena. With the seeds chaplets of beads are made in Rome, Varesa, and other European cities. Necklaces made of the nuts are considered very sacred in Benares, a holy city in India where Siddartha Gautama, the Supreme Buddha, gave his first sermon. The Rosary is large and measures 47" long and the Maltese Cross is 3" square. It is in very good overall condition."
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    Amazing growth in this time period! I guess this is how these plants take over waterways so quickly.
    My guess would be that the rosaries were either selected from seeds that were less pointed (for convenience's sake), that they are not actually bicornis, or that some populations are less pointed than others. I don't think 150 years is enough time for that kind of change.
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    Again, love the updates!
    Thanks for posting about this amazing plant!

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    Day 21

    Main Rosette













    The roots have now turned into feathery aquatic masses, the seed is almost now completely obscured.
    Growth is not progressing nearly as fast as the first 2 weeks, however stems continue to grow. longer and longer, despite the
    large tank.



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