After a particularly dry, dry season, and I suspect, some particularly naughty little ducks, my tahitian spinach slowly seemed to disappear.
I weeded the pond overflow to find little cormlets with pretty heart shaped leaves hidden beneath the overgrowth. The larger plants had long since died back (or been eaten by ducks – including the larger corms!) Smaller gauge wire was put in place so they couldn’t get their little heads and necks through.
A day or two after weeding I noticed the leaves and corms disappearing. I can’t be sure of the cause, too much heat and not enough moisture, too much exposure without the long grass hiding the tiny plants and keeping the soil moist, lack of cover for the plants leaving them open to being eaten whether by ducks (trampling down small gauge wire), insects or some other creature, I cannot say.
I found one tiny corm struggling along in the mud so I have lifted it and it is currently living in a pot submerged in water on the front verandah. I’m happy to report that lots of little roots were visible and have quickly increased, and now a tiny green shoot is protruding from what appeared to be a dried, brown corm.