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Cryptocoryne parva

Dwarf water trumpet

Cryptocoryne parva

Dwarf water trumpet

  • The smallest Crypt
  • Forms narrow-leaved cushions or lawns
  • Robust, slow-growing
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Description

Cryptocoryne parva is the smallest Crypt. It is native to Sri Lanka where it grows at the edges and in the shallow water of fast flowing rivers. It forms dense, extended lawns with its underground runners. This species forms the hybrid Cryptocoryne x willisii with species from the same area such as C. beckettii. It is known in the aquarium hobby for a long time and belongs to the standard range of the water plant nurseries.
In its terrestrial form, the Small Water Trumpet gets to about 10 cm high, but it reaches mostly 2 to 5 cm under aquarium conditions. Its leaves are coarse and medium to dark green. The emersed plants have broadly lanceolate leaf blades while the submerged leaves are considerably narrower. With strong lighting, the leaves tend to spread horizontally where they are rather upright when shaded. Otherwise it is one of the few Cryptocoryne whose leaf colour and shape does not change significantly when the environment changes.

The Small Water Trumpet needs some time for acclimation and grows very slowly. It needs more light than many other Cryptocoryne species, however medium lighting and an open place are sufficient. Cryptocoryne parva benefits much from nutrient supply via the substrate and CO2 addition. Its temperature optimum lies between 23 and 28 °C. It needs some patience to grow a lawn from this plant. If possible, split emersed or in-vitro plants into smaller portions and plant them few centimetres apart into the ground. Favourable conditions provided, it gradually starts to develop underground runners. One may expect a coherent carpet after around six mohths.

This smallest of all Cryptocoryne is a recommendable, very slowly growing foreground plant that is also suitable for nano aquariums. It looks also nice in the spots where the hardscape borders on the substrate. Cryptocoryne parva should also be interesting as an emersed plant in paludariums and Wabi-Kusa where one may expect its tiny inflorescences with dark purple spathe.

Cryptocoryne parva, the smallest known water trumpet species, has its origins in the central highlands of Sri Lanka near Kandy city. It grows in dense colonies on riverbanks there. Recently it has been scarcely collected in the wild, and it is possibly to be considered an endangered species.
In aquaristics, it has been known for a long time but hasn't been very widely spread, mostly due to its really slow growth. However, it is easily available in trade or from other hobbyists.

The dwarf water trumpet is quite similar to those plants from the group of plants related to Cryptocoryne x willisii. Under comparable conditions it tends to stay smaller than those, as a submersed, non-flowering plant it is hard to be discerned safely from them, though. Earlier on, the name "Cryptocoryne nevillii" was used for both C. parva and C. (read more)

Complete botanical name Cryptocóryne párva de Wit
Family Araceae
Genus Cryptocoryne
Difficulty medium
Usage Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
Aquascaping forms a grass-like lawn
Growth very slow
pH value 5 - 8
Temperature tolerance 15 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness 1 - 18°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Runners, Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Complete botanical name
Cryptocóryne párva de Wit
Family
Araceae
Genus
Cryptocoryne
Difficulty
medium
Usage
Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
Aquascaping
forms a grass-like lawn
Growth
very slow
pH value
5 - 8
Temperature tolerance
15 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness
1 - 18°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Runners, Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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135.0139.00
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Weight 0,10 kg
Shipping weight 0,10 kg

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David
Top!!!!!
11th August 2014
Cryptocoryne parva - pot
Cryptocoryne parva - pot

Nach einer Woche voll zufrieden. Danke für den Tipp zu dem Topf. Waren zwei schöne Pflanzen gekommen...sehr zu empfehlen! Macht sich toll als Highlight in meinem Iwagumi. (read more)

Maurizio M.
Un buon acquisto
15th April 2017
Cryptocoryne parva - in Vitro XL
Cryptocoryne parva - in Vitro XL

Tra le cryptocoryne e' la mia preferita perche' cresce bassa. La confezione contiene molte piantine in buona salute che ho piantumato in primo piano. (read more)

Müller S.
Viele Pflanzen
31st July 2014

Ich hab etwa sechs kleinere Büschel aus dem Becher bekommen die ich seperat verpflanzen konnte. Sie treiben auch schon gut aus :)

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