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Echinodorus major

Ruffled sword plant

Echinodorus major

Ruffled sword plant

  • Also known as Echinodorus martii
  • Wild type from Brazil
  • Magnificent, large solitary plant
  • Strap-shaped, light green, wavy leaves
  • No high demands
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Description

This sword plant originates from shallow streams in Central Brazil where it mostly grows submerged. It is already known in the aquarium hobby since the 1950s and one of the most beautiful and suitable Echinodorus species. Unfortunately it has become quite rare in the trade in recent times. This magnificent rosette plant develops strap-shaped, light green, slightly transparent, wavy, to 60 cm long underwater leaves.

Echinodorus major is easy to grow and has a high growth rate. Medium lighting is sufficient, the water may be soft to hard, acidic to slightly alkaline. Optimum temperatures are about 24-26 °C. As well as other Echinodorus, this species benefits much from a nutrient-rich bottom and fertilization via the substrate, respectively. Well-growing specimens occasionally develop upright inflorescences with adventitious plantlets.

This Echinodorus forms a large rosette with many long-lasting leaves. It looks best as a specimen plant or small group in large aquaria, in the midground to background. With its temperature tolerance to about 28 °C it is also interesting for Discus tanks.

Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.

Echinodorus major has usually been called E. martii some years ago, as according to Haynes & Holm-Nielsen (1994), E. major is a synonym of E. martii. Jozef Somogyi (2006) examined the difficult relations between the names E. intermedius, E. martii and E. major and found out that E. major is the correct name for the species we present here. The findings of Samuli Lehtonen (2008) corroborate this theory. However the name Echinodorus martii is a synonym of E. subalatus, according to Lehtonen.
In the US, E. major is also known under the trade name "E. leopoldina", named after Leopoldina Valley, who imported this plant as early as in 1949. This beautiful Echinodorus has been around for many years and is still very popular and readily available in the trade, even though many new Echinodorus cultivars are on the rise.
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Synonyms Echinodorus martii var. major Micheli
Misapplied names Echinodorus martii
Trader names Echinodorus leopoldina
Complete botanical name Echinódorus májor (Micheli) Rataj
Family Alismataceae
Genus Echinodorus
Difficulty easy
Usage Background, Midground
Growth medium
Temperature tolerance 18 - 28°C
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Proliferating inflorescences
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Synonyms
Echinodorus martii var. major Micheli
Misapplied names
Echinodorus martii
Trader names
Echinodorus leopoldina
Complete botanical name
Echinódorus májor (Micheli) Rataj
Family
Alismataceae
Genus
Echinodorus
Difficulty
easy
Usage
Background, Midground
Growth
medium
Temperature tolerance
18 - 28°C
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Proliferating inflorescences
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

General information

Item no.
135.0393.00
EAN 8712001020599
Weight 0,10 kg
Shipping weight 0,11 kg

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Maria B.
Very nice looking plant :)
28th October 2020
Echinodorus major - Pot
Echinodorus major - Pot

Plant is very nice looking, in very good condition and is growing very nicely. Waiting excitedly how it will grow.

Emrah Y.
Sehr schöne Wildform
5th May 2018
Echinodorus major - Pot
Echinodorus major - Pot

Eine sehr urtümlich wirkende Pflanze, für naturnahe Gestaltungen in hohen Aquarien besonders empfehlenswert. Aus dem osten Brasiliens die Wildform E. major.