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Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia

Pontederia-leaf water trumpet

Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia

Pontederia-leaf water trumpet

  • Medium-sized broad-leaved crypt
  • Green to slightly brownish leaves
  • Easy to cultivate
  • Low light demands
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Description

A popular, undemanding crypt that originates from inundated forests on Sumatra island. It has broad, slightly heart-shaped leaves and differs from the very similar Cryptocoryne moehlmannii mostly by slightly reddish leaf undersides. The Pontederia-leaf water trumpet forms a dense stand by its underground runners. It's recommendable for the aquarium midground, in small tanks it can also be placed as a specimen plant.

Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia is a bog plant hitherto only found in the northernmost part of the west coast of Sumatra (Indonesia), where it grows in the freshwater tidal area together with the nipa palm (Nypa fruticans). Today, it is know to have been introduced into Singapore, where it grows on swampy ground along forestal rivers. This species has been long known in Europe as aquarium plant and is found in trade regularly. However, in the US it is still quite new and hard to come by.

C. pontederiifolia is quite similar to Cryptocoryne moehlmannii, to which it is closely related and which is found in the same area in nature. However, those varietys commonly found in trade can be discerned quite well regarding characteristics of inflorescence and leaf coloration:
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Complete botanical name Cryptocóryne pontederiifólia Schott
Family Araceae
Genus Cryptocoryne
Difficulty easy
Usage Background, Midground, Specimen plant
Growth slow
pH value 6 - 7
Temperature tolerance 18 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness 2 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Runners, Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Complete botanical name
Cryptocóryne pontederiifólia Schott
Family
Araceae
Genus
Cryptocoryne
Difficulty
easy
Usage
Background, Midground, Specimen plant
Growth
slow
pH value
6 - 7
Temperature tolerance
18 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness
2 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Runners, Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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