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Eleocharis pusilla (parvula)

Dwarf hairgrass

Eleocharis pusilla (parvula)

Dwarf hairgrass

  • Forms low-growing fine-leaved lawns
  • Reliable ground cover
  • Light green coloration
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Description

The hairgrass offered under the name Eleocharis parvula forms a dense, low-growing (under 10 cm in height) light green lawn of hair-thin leaves. In reality, it probably belongs to the species Eleocharis pusilla originating from Australia and New Zealand. This reliable ground-covering plant is used in aquascaping very often.

Dwarf spikerush is often sold in trade under the name Eleocharis parvula. However, according to Kasselmann (2010), this plant truly is E. pusilla, native to Australia and New Zealand, which was imported from Australia by the aquatic plant nursery Tropica. It has been in trade since 1997.
True E. parvula may not even be available in trade; it is distributed in Europe, Northern Africa, Asia as well as North and Central America and is most frequently found in brackish habitats on the coast. The rhizome tips of E. parvula often show small spindle-shaped tubers forming a J- or U-shaped bow. These lack completely in E. pusilla.

When cultivated submersed under identical conditions, Eleocharis pusilla differs from the long-known aquarium plant Eleocharis acicularis by its lesser height (in most cases clearly under 10 cm), a lighter shade of green and by stalks curving sideways. (read more)

Synonyms Scirpus pumilio Sprengel
Misapplied names Eleocharis parvula, Eleocaris parvula
Complete botanical name Eleócharis pusílla R. Br.
Family Cyperaceae
Genus Eleocharis
Difficulty easy
Colour light green
Usage Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
Aquascaping forms a grass-like lawn
Growth medium
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 12 - 27°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Runners, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Synonyms
Scirpus pumilio Sprengel
Misapplied names
Eleocharis parvula, Eleocaris parvula
Complete botanical name
Eleócharis pusílla R. Br.
Family
Cyperaceae
Genus
Eleocharis
Difficulty
easy
Colour
light green
Usage
Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
Aquascaping
forms a grass-like lawn
Growth
medium
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
12 - 27°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Runners, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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This item has been rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Stavros V.
Good but could be better
25th March 2020
Eleocharis pusilla (parvula) - in Vitro XL
Eleocharis pusilla (parvula) - in Vitro XL

Shipment was super fast and packaging was great as always. Though i am not 100% satisfied because it had some brown roots, probably rotting, although it did not have foul... (read more)

Luis F.
Excellent
25th January
Eleocharis pusilla (parvula) - in Vitro XL
Eleocharis pusilla (parvula) - in Vitro XL

The XL has a very generous amount of eleocharis, in an excellent condition. Much better option than the potted version.

Luis F.
Lovely slow grower
19th January
Eleocharis pusilla (parvula) - Pot
Eleocharis pusilla (parvula) - Pot

Grows slower than other eleocharis, but looks great and is very hardy. Have received very different pots in terms of height of the plant and number of leaves.

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