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'Oriental' is among the oldest Echinodorus cultivars and still one of the most decorative. This small, compact sword plant is known since 1994 and named after the water plant nursery Oriental Aquarium in Singapore. It is said to be selected from tissue-cultured Echinodorus 'Rose'. Similar to the latter, its submerged leaves are slightly transparent; the newest leaves get an intensely pink coloration under strong lighting. The nerves are light green, providing a contrasting pattern. The leaf edge is slightly wavy. In contrast to Echinodorus 'Rosé', 'Oriental' hardly exceeds a height of 15 cm under aquarium conditions.
As well as virtually all Echinodorus, 'Oriental' grows best with abundant macro- and micronutrient supply via the substrate. Strong lighting enhances the intense coloration of the submerged foliage. The water parameters are of subordinate importance, however CO2 supply promotes the growth.
With its nice coloration, Echinodorus 'Oriental' is an eyecatcher in the aquarium. It is well suited as single plant or group in the midground, also in the foreground of taller tanks. It can also be used as a solitary plant in small tanks.