Friday, August 26, 2011

Tubastrea Micrantha

"Flowering Coral" taken by Arne Kuilman

This species of coral showcases a beautiful "flower" that ranges in color from the golden-yellow pictured above to a deep green or almost black appearance. It originates in the Indo-Pacific and can be kept in an aquarium, if introduced under the right conditions; these plants are extremely delicate and, therefore, must be handled with a careful and steady hand.

Mostly I'm posting this because the world of underwater plants is often forgotten, if not mystified. Such "flowers", as they are submerged in water, have developed entirely unique biologies. It is also pertinent to mention since coral environments are endangered across the board.

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