gracilis

Ever thought top surgery drains would be the last JP drains you ever saw?

Yeah, not for me haha. If you have been following my phalloplasty journey or are aware of my complication, then you know we performed the gracilis muscle flap in order to close a sinus tract that was an ongoing fistula since the day of surgery. 

But its like fuck, we need to talk about all of these things, the good and the bad. Nothing easy comes without sacrifice. But I can’t say I would have signed up to sacrifice the entire last 2 years of my life. We can’t choose our lives but we can choose how we react to situations put ahead of us. 

Instagram saw it first, but they deleted it within less than 10 minutes. 

Aquarium Plants List

(By no means a complete list.  For any suggestions/corrections, please message me.  Please research the needs of your particular plant before purchasing)

Africa
Foreground

  • Anubias Nana Petite (West Africa)
  • Dwarf Hairgrass (Elocharis parvula)
  • Willow Moss (Fontinalis antipyretica) (North Africa)

Midground

  • Anubias barteri (West Africa)
  • Anubias gracilis
  • Anubias augustifolia ‘Afzelii’ (West Africa)
  • Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
  • Nymphaea lotus (East Africa)
  • Nymphaea rubra (East Africa)

Background

  • Red Ammannia (ammania gracilis)
  • Anubias congensis (West Africa)
  • Aponogeton boivinianus (Madagascar)
  • Apoogeton longiplumulosus (Northern Madagascar)
  • Madagascar Lace (Aponogeton madagascariensis) (Madagascar)
  • Bacopa monnieri (West Africa)
  • Congo Fern (Bolbitis heudelotii)
  • Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum)
  • Floating Fern (Ceratopteris cornuta)
  • African Onion Plant (Crinum natans) (West Africa)
  • Lagarosiphon major (South Africa)
  • Nesaea cassicaulis (West Africa)
  • Nesaea pedicellata (Tanzania, Mozambique)
  • Potamogeton mascarensis (Madagascar)

Floating

  • Eichhornia crassipes
  • Duckweed (Lemna minor)
  • Riccia (Riccia fluitans)
  • Salvinia natans (North Africa)

North America
Foreground

  • Dwarf Hairgrass (Elocharis parvula) (Cuba)
  • Willow Moss (Fontinalis antipyretica)
  • Dwarf Sagittaria (Sagittaria pusilla) (Eastern North America)
  • Water Cabbage (Samolus valerandi)
  • Fissidens fontanus (USA)

Midground

  • Giant Bacopa (Bacopa caroliniana) (North-Central America)
  • Water Hedge (Didiplis diandra)
  • Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
  • Pearlweed (Hemianthus micranthemoides) (Cuba, Southeast USA)
  • Hydrocotyle verticillata (North to Central America)
  • Scarlet Lobelia (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • Ludwigia glandulosa (Southern USA)
  • Banana Plant (Nyphoides aquatica) (Southern USA)
  • Giant Sagittaria (Sagittaria platyphylla)
  • Sagittaria subulata (Eastern USA)
  • Lizard’s Tail (Saururus cernuus)
  • Dwarf Vallisneria (Vallisneria Americana)

Background 

  • Acmella oppositifoli (Southern USA to Paraguay)
  • Round Bacopa (Bacopa rotundifolia) (Southern USA)
  • Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum)
  • Radicans Sword (Echinodorus cordifolius) (North America to Mexico)
  • Egeria densa
  • Eleocharis prolifera (Eastern USA)
  • Elodea Canadensis
  • Ludwigia brevipes
  • Ludwigia palustris (USA)
  • Ludwigia repens (North to Central America)
  • Lysmichia nummularia
  • Myriophyllum hippuroides
  • Myiophylum scabratum (Eastern North America, Cuba)
  • Shinnersia rivularis (Mexico)

Floating

  • Water Velvet (Azolla caroliniana)
  • Eichhornia crassipes
  • Duckweed (Lemna minor)
  • Riccia (Riccia fluitans) 

South America
Foreground

  • Alternanthera reineckii ‘Lilacina’
  • Alternanthera reineckii ‘Mini’
  • Bolivian Sword (Echinodorus bolivianus) (Brazil)
  • Echinodorus quadricostatus var. xinguensis
  • Echinodorus tenellus
  • Lilaeopsis brasiliensis (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay)
  • Hemianthus callitrichoides (Central to South America)
  • Water Cabbage (Samolus valerandi)
  • Staurogyne Repens (Southern Amazon)

Midground

  • Amazon Sword (Echinosorus amazonicus) (Brazil)
  • Black Amazon Sword (Echinodorus horemanii) (Brazil)
  • Peruvian Sword (Echinodorus parviflorus) (Peru to Bolivia)
  • Echinodorus opacus
  • Echinodorus uruguayensis
  • Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
  • Hygrophila guianensis

Background 

  • Acmella oppositifoli (Southern USA to Paraguay)
  • Aciotis acuminifolia (Lesser Antilles to Brazil, Bolivia)
  • Alternanthera rosaefolia (Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil)
  • Althernanthera Aquatica (Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay)
  • Giant Cabomba (Cabomba aquatica) (Central to South America)
  • Green Cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana) (Central to South America)
  • Red Cabomba (Cabomba piauhyensis) (Central to South America)
  • Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum)
  • Braodleaved Amazon Sword (Echinodorus bleheri)
  • Echinodorus grandiflorus (Central to South America)
  • Echinodorus macrophyllus (Guyana, Brazil)
  • Echinodorus major (Brazil)
  • Echinosorus Osiris (Brazil)
  • Egeria naja (Brazil,Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina)
  • Eichhornia azurea
  • Spadeleaf Plant (Gymnocoronis spilanthoides)
  • Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterifolia)
  • Brazillian Pennywort (Hydrocotyle leucocephala)
  • Micranthemum umbrosum (Central to South America)
  • Brailian Milfoil (Myriophyllum aquaticum)
  • Red Myriophyllum (Myriopylum tuberculatum)
  • Potagmogeto gayii
  • Spathiphylum wallisii (Columbia) (Semi Aquatic)

Floating

  • Eichhornia crassipes
  • Duckweed (Lemna minor)
  • Amazonian Frogbit (Limomium laevigatum)
  • Riccia (Riccia fluitans)
  • Salvinia auriculata (Central to South America)
  • Salvinia Minima

Asia
Foreground

  • Dwarf Hairgrass
  • Japanese Rush (Blyxa japonica)
  • Cryptocoryne walkeri var. lutea (Sri Lanka)
  • Cryptocoryne siamensis (Thailand)
  • Cryptocoryne parva (Sri Lanka)
  • Cryptocoryne willisii (Sri Lanka)
  • Willow Moss (Fontinalis antipyretica)
  • Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
  • Java Moss
  • Monosolenium tenerum (India, China)
  • Pogostemon helferi (Thailand)

Midground

  • Cryptocoryne albida (Thailand)
  • Cryptocoryne affinis (Malaysia)
  • Cryptocoryne beckettii (Sri Lanka)
  • Cryptocoryne ciliata (Southeast Asia)
  • Cryptocoryne undulata (India)
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii (Sri Lanka)
  • Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
  • Java Fern (Microsorium pteropus) (Southeast Asia)
  • Nymphaea lotus (Southeast Asia)
  • Nymphaea rubra (Southeast Asia)
  • Giant Sagittaria (Sagittaria platyphylla) (Southeast Asia)
  • Vallisneria tortifolia (Southeast Asia)
  • Cyperus helferi (Southeast Asia)

Background 

  • Ruffled Aponogeton (Aponogeton crispus) (Sri Lanka)
  • Compact Aponogeton (Aponogeton ulvaceus) (Sri Lanka)
  • Aponogeton rigidifolius (Sri Lanka)
  • Aponogeton undulates (India)
  • Chinese Ivy (Cardamine lyrata) (China, Korea)
  • Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum)
  • Onion Plant (Crinum thaianum) (Thailand)
  • Cryptocoryne balansae (Thailand)
  • Cryptocoryne cordata (Thailand)
  • Star Rotala (Eusteralis stellata)
  • Giant Hygrophila (Hygrophila corymbosa) (India)
  • Water Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis) (India, Thailand, Malaysia)
  • Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Gracilis’
  • Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Strigosa’
  • Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Glabra’
  • Hygrophila stricta (Thailand, Southeast Asia)
  • Hygrophila polysperma (India)
  • Giant Ambulia (Limnophila aquatica) (India, Sri Lanka)
  • Dwarf Ambulia (Limnophila sessiliflora) (India, Sri Lanka)
  • Najas indica
  • Nymphaea stellata (India)
  • Giant Red Rotala (Rotala macrandra) (India)
  • Dwarf Rotala (Rotala rotundifolia) (Southeast Asia)
  • Rotala Wallichii (Southeast Asia)
  • Vallisneria spirialis
  • Orchid Lily (Barclaya longifolia) (Southeast Asia)

Floating

  • Eichhornia crassipes
  • Duckweed (Lemna minor)
  • Riccia (Riccia fluitans)
  • Salvinia natans

Pacifica
Foreground

  • Marsilea hirsute (Australia)
  • Glossostigma elantinoides (Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania)
  • Monosolenium tenerum (Japan, Taiwan)
  • Buce (Bucaphalandra spp.) (Borneo)

Midground

  • Cryptocoryne moehlmannii (Sumatra)
  • Cryptocoryne pondtederiifolia (Sumatra, Borneo)
  • Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
  • New Zealand Grassplant (Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae) (Australia, New Zealand)
  • Nuphar japonica (Japan)
  • Ranunculus inundatas (Australia)

Background

  • Chinese Ivy (Cardamine lyrata) (Japan)
  • Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum)
  • Star Rotala (Eusteralis stellata) (Australia)
  • Giant Hygrophila (Hygrophila corymbosa) (Indonesia)
  • Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Crispa’ (Indonesia)
  • Dwarf Ambulia (Limnophila sessiliflora) (Indonesia)
  • Lysmichia nummularia (Japan)
  • Corkscrew Valisneria (Callisneria asiatica var. biwaensis
  • Giant Vallisneria (Vallisneria gigantean)
  • Vallisneria spirialis
  • Orchid Lily (Barclaya longifolia) (New Guinea)

Floating

  • Eichhornia crassipes
  • Duckweed (Lemna minor)
  • Riccia (Riccia fluitans)
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Mentha x gracilis ‘Variegata’, Lamiaceae

Scotland is known for its humid climate and its extensive and capillary waterways so it’s fairly common to find a good variety of mint species here, as most will thrive near water and in moist soil. However, when looking at this hybrid growing in the herb garden at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, I wasn’t aware of how its history is even more linked to this country than I thought. Generally known as Scotch spearmint or gingermint, it is a naturally occurring hybrid of field mint (M. arvensis) and spearmint (M. spicata), and with its globular whorls of small flowers borne at the base of the leaves it looks more like the former, while the latter is recognisable for the elongated terminal flower spikes. Almost forty years ago it was introduced from Scotland to North America, where extensive cultivation for its essential oil began, and this is the reason why it is still known as Scotch spearmint. Considering Scotland is quite a small country with a low population, Scottish botanists, nurserymen and plant breeders have contributed much more than you might think to horticulture through history, so stories like this one don’t surprise me anymore and just make me smile. 

As this hybrid is sterile it is only propagated vegetatively through division and cuttings. Obviously, what you see in photo is a variegated form of the actual species, but I couldn’t find any information on when or where the variegation was selected. In essence, It is decorative, edible, medicinal, good at attracting pollinators and as a companion plant which deters common veg garden pests like mice. It can be grown both in full ground or in containers (it might be a good idea if you don’t have much space in the garden, mints tend to spread aggressively) so definitely a good catch if you see it around!