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This small, compact swordplant is labeled as Echinodorus horizontalis by aquarium plant nurseries but has nothing to do with the true E. horizontalis. It was described in 2004 by Karel Rataj under the name Echinodorus pseudohorizontalis. Later Samuli Lehtonen identified it as a hybrid by DNA analysis, therefore the spelling with ×. It resembles plants that are traded as Echinodorus 'Harbich'. The emersed plant is about 6 to 9 cm high. The up to 5 cm long leaf bladed are round with heart-shaped base and retuse tip.
We recommend a well-lit place and nutrient supply via the substrate. CO2 addition is not necessary but enhances the growth of the plant.
Echinodorus × pseudohorizontalis looks best in the foreground or midground as a solitary plant or small, loose group. With its small size, it is suitable for nano aquariums. This swordplant should also be interesting for paludariums and Wabi-Kusa.
Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.