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Ceratopteris thalictroides

Fine leaf Indian fern

Ceratopteris thalictroides

Fine leaf Indian fern

  • Also known as Ceratopteris thalictroides "Fein"
  • Fine-leaved
  • Fast growing
  • Not demanding
  • Also suitable as floating plant
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Description

The Water Sprite or Fine leaf Indian fern is a highly decorative, fast growing fern that’s suitable as solitary plant in larger tanks. It is also labeled Ceratopteris siliquosa and C. thalictroides "Fein".

This aquatic fern grows submerged and also as a floating plant. It is recommended to put the leaf rosette of Ceratopteris species not too deeply into the substrate. The "heart" of the plant where new fronds develop should remain above the bottom surface.
However, when water sprite is delivered as potted plant, it often has hardly roots and detaches easily from the rockwool substrate during transport. But the plants will grow new roots in the aquarium. They can be floated until the roots are long enough for planting, or pinned onto the ground with a plant pin (e.g. JBL - ProScape - Plantis) right away. New plantlets may sprout on broken leaves.
Also the planting of young Ceratopteris plants from tissue culture may be somewhat difficult. The plantlets are often entangled and not easy to separate from each other. Also in this case they can be floated until their roots are grown longer. It is also possible to plant or attach clumps of several plants.

Ceratopteris thalictroides is an amphibic fern found in many tropical regions of the world in shallow waters and on muddy ground, amongst others in rice paddies. In some tropical regions of Asia the emersed leaves of this species are used as vegetable. In nature, this plant is said to be an annual plant, however, it can be cultivated over several years without problems. The species contains many local forms, and in aquaristics, varietys with more coarsely or finely pinnate submersed leaves are common (photos 1 to 3 show an especially delicate form of C. thalictroides). The species has been known in the hobby for many years, also under the synonym of Ceratopteris siliquosa as well as under the vernacular names of water sprite, Indian fern, Oriental waterfern and water hornfern. (read more)

Synonyms Acrostichum thalictroides L., Ceratopteris froesii Brade, Ceratopteris gaudichaudii Brongn., Ceratopteris siliquosa (L.) Copel.
Complete botanical name Ceratópteris thalictroídes (L.) Brongn.
Family Pteridaceae
Genus Ceratopteris
Difficulty easy
Usage Background, Plant for spawning, Midground, Specimen plant, Water surface
Growth very fast
pH value 5 - 8
Temperature tolerance 18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 21°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Proliferating leaves, Spores
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Synonyms
Acrostichum thalictroides L., Ceratopteris froesii Brade, Ceratopteris gaudichaudii Brongn., Ceratopteris siliquosa (L.) Copel.
Complete botanical name
Ceratópteris thalictroídes (L.) Brongn.
Family
Pteridaceae
Genus
Ceratopteris
Difficulty
easy
Usage
Background, Plant for spawning, Midground, Specimen plant, Water surface
Growth
very fast
pH value
5 - 8
Temperature tolerance
18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 21°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Proliferating leaves, Spores
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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Peter V.
Guter Eindruck
22nd December 2014
Ceratopteris thalictroides - in Vitro XL
Ceratopteris thalictroides - in Vitro XL

Zahlreich kleine, aber gut entwickelte Pflanzen. Lassen sich unter langsam fließendem Wasser gut auseinandernehmen. Ich bin gespannt, wie sie sich entwickeln.

Sergio C.
very good conditions and quality
8th January 2018
Ceratopteris thalictroides - pot
Ceratopteris thalictroides - pot

The plant arrived in very good conditions and started growing immediately at high speed.

Totally worth, I am very happy with it!