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Echinodorus grisebachii 'Bleherae'

Broadleaved Amazon Swordplant

Echinodorus grisebachii 'Bleherae'

Broadleaved Amazon Swordplant

  • Imposing eyecatcher in large tanks
  • Undemanding
  • Fast growing
  • Recommended for discus tanks
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Description

The Broadleaf Amazon Sword from tropical South America is one of the most known and popular aquarium plants. Cultivated for many years, it was first introduced under the misapplied name "Echinodorus paniculatus", later it was called Echinodorus bleheri for a long time. Its leaves are wider (3-6 cm) than those of E. grisebachii 'Amazonicus' and up to 60 cm long, lending the plant a more dominant appearance. It is mostly delivered in its terrestrial form, with longer leaf stalks and shorter leaf blades (see the photo). After planting into the aquarium, it will develop much more elongate, short stalked submerged leaves.

Older rosettes with often more than 50 leaves are an impressive eyecatcher in large tanks. It is recommendable for discus and anglefish tanks. The substrate height should not be less than 10 cm for a good root development. Combined with the runner-forming chain swords (genus Helanthium), 'Bleherae' allows the creation of beautiful South America-themed underwater landscapes.

As popular as this sword plant is, its space requirement should be considered. In medium sized tanks it gets too large soon; an alternative for smaller tanks is Echinodorus grisebachii 'Parviflorus' that looks similar but stays considerably lower.

The origins of this Echinodorus are very much in the dark - it may be native to Amazonia, though. Like E. grisebachii 'Amazonicus' and E. g. 'Parviflorus' it belongs to the group of plants related to Echinodorus grisebachii, which is widely distributed in tropical America. E. g. 'Bleherae' was long erroneously known under the trade name Echinodorus paniculatus (and sometimes still is). The true E. paniculatus is a totally different plant not found in the hobby very often.
The different forms of the E. grisebachii group grow amphibic in their specific locations, growing submersed for a long time of the year. They only grow emersed leaves and flower stalks after falling dry during the low-water season. In the aquarium, they also remain below the waterline and only transform into the land form after being taken out of the water.

E. grisebachii 'Bleherae', commonly known as E. (read more)

Common names Broadleaved Amazon Swordplant
Synonyms Echinodorus bleherae Rataj, Echinodorus bleheri Rataj
Misapplied names Echinodorus paniculatus
Trader names Echinodorus rangeri
Complete botanical name Echinódorus grisebáchii Small
Family Alismataceae
Genus Echinodorus
Difficulty easy
Usage Background
Growth fast
Temperature tolerance 18 - 30°C
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Proliferating inflorescences, Rhizomteilung
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Broadleaved Amazon Swordplant
Synonyms
Echinodorus bleherae Rataj, Echinodorus bleheri Rataj
Misapplied names
Echinodorus paniculatus
Trader names
Echinodorus rangeri
Complete botanical name
Echinódorus grisebáchii Small
Family
Alismataceae
Genus
Echinodorus
Difficulty
easy
Usage
Background
Growth
fast
Temperature tolerance
18 - 30°C
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Proliferating inflorescences, Rhizomteilung
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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Debbie M.
great for an instant aquascape
12th April 2019
Echinodorus grisebachii 'Bleherae' - Pot
Echinodorus grisebachii 'Bleherae' - Pot

plant arrived very quickly and in excellent condition. it is already a good sized plant and gave an instant hit in my aquarium. (read more)