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Alternanthera reineckii "Kleines Papageienblatt"

Water Hedge

Alternanthera reineckii "Kleines Papageienblatt"

Water Hedge

  • Small Alternanthera form with light coloration
  • Up to 2 cm long leaves
  • Fits well in nano aquariums
  • Nowadays rare and little known
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Description

The Small Parrot Leaf or Water Hedge is often referred as "the species" Alternanthera reineckii. It got known in the aquarium hobby many years ago, but in contrast to other A. reineckii forms such as 'Rosaefolia' and 'Lilacina' it almost disappeared from cultivation and is far less known than those today. Despite its small size it is not to be confused with the popular Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'. Its submerged leaves mostly get only 2 cm long and 1 cm wide. However we have notice that with abundant nutrient and CO2 supply the leaves may get about 4-5 cm long and 1,7 cm broad. Good lighting provided, the upper side is light reddish green, also with red-orange tones. The lower side is light purple-red. Its growth habit is not as compact and bushy as the much darker coloured A. reineckii 'Mini'. The Small Parrot Leaf looks best when its stems have reached a height of only 10 to 30 cm.
Alternanthera reineckii originates from the southern part of South America, e.g. Bolivia and Argentina, where it occurs above and below water in floodplains and at the edges of rivers and ponds.

This small A. reineckii form is moderately demanding. It should be well lit; a nutrient-rich bottom and CO2 addition are beneficial. The plant prefers soft to medium hard, slightly acid water. The optimum temperatures lie between 17 and 25 °C, however this plant tolerates a wide temperature range of 4 to 30 °C. It is best planted as a group; we recommend to set single cuttings with a little distance between them.

The Small Parrot Leaf deserves more popularity as aquarium plant. With its bright reddish tones, it looks especially well as a group in the foreground to midground, and it is small enough for nano aquariums. Its upright, symmetrical growth habit makes it especially suited for Dutch style planted aquariums.

If someone in the aquarium hobby speaks of Alternanthera reineckii (no name affix), they almost always mean a relatively small form of the plant. It has been known as aquarium plant for many years but started disappearing from the hobby and from trade, as other, more striking forms of A. reineckii were brought onto the market.
This small Alternanthera grows to a size of around 10 to 30 cm. Its submersed leaves grow to a length of 2 cm and a width of 1 cm. Under moderate light, they are of a more or less green colour, under strong light, however, they turn reddish.

This form of A. reineckii has rather high demands and needs lots of light. Under weak lighting, the lower leaves tend to die off.

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Trader names Telanthera osiris
Complete botanical name Alternanthéra reinéckii Briq.
Family Amaranthaceae
Genus Alternanthera
Difficulty medium
Colour yellow, orange, reddish
Usage Midground, Nano tanks, Street (Dutch style), Foreground, group
Height 10 - 30cm
Width 3 - 4cm
Growth medium
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 4 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Cuttings
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Trader names
Telanthera osiris
Complete botanical name
Alternanthéra reinéckii Briq.
Family
Amaranthaceae
Genus
Alternanthera
Difficulty
medium
Colour
yellow, orange, reddish
Usage
Midground, Nano tanks, Street (Dutch style), Foreground, group
Height
10 - 30cm
Width
3 - 4cm
Growth
medium
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
4 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Cuttings
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

General information

Item no.
135.0671.00
EAN
Weight 0,10 kg
Shipping weight 0,11 kg

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