Cryptocoryne x willisii "Pigmea"
- Quite small, turf-forming Cryptocoryne
- Green leaves with dark reddish-brown hues
- Robust and undemanding
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This Cryptocoryne is a nice, recommendable plant for the fore- and midground; it is slowly growing and rather undemanding. It is sold under the trading name Cryptocoryne "pygmea", however, it is not the species Cryptocoryne pygmaea from the Philippines but belongs to the Cryptocoryne x willisii complex from Sri Lanka. The dark green submerged leaves are broadly lanceolate, and especially the leaf margin tends to dark, red-brown coloration. According to information given by the company Anubias it does not grow larger than 5 cm in height under good light.
Like most Crypts it reproduces by underground runners, thus forming a small group or a lawn with time. At least medium lighting and a nutrient-rich substrate are recommendable. It does not have special demands on the water parameters and also grows well in medium-hard water.
With its quite dark, slightly red-brown coloration, Cryptocoryne x willisii "pigmea" provides an interesting contrast to light green foreground and midground plants. It can be used as a small dense group or an extended turf.
|Misapplied names||Cryptocoryne pygmaea|
|Usage||Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover|
|Propagation||Runners, Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants|
|Can grow emersed?||yes|
|Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover|
|Runners, Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants|
|Can grow emersed?|
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It arrived today to Sweden from Germany after only 2 days shipping! Growing substrate almost dried up inside the cup, but plants still mostly green with a little dry yellow edges... (read more)
It arrived today to Sweden from Germany after only 2 days shipping! Growing substrate almost dried up inside the cup, but plants still mostly green with a little dry yellow edges to some leaves! Will use it in small groups as foreground plant in Nano Aquascape 40 L.