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Helanthium bolivianum "Latifolius"

Dwarf sword

Helanthium bolivianum "Latifolius"

Dwarf sword

  • Light to medium green, grass-like leaves
  • Suitable as group or lawn
  • Not demanding
  • Medium-sized chain sword
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Description

Also known as Echinodorus latifolius. Medium-sized chain sword, not demanding. It develops runners with many plantlets and is suitable as a lawn in the foreground of larger tanks or as group in the midground of smaller tanks. The submerged leaves are linear, light green, about 1 cm wide and ca. 10-30 cm long.

This plant has been known under the name Echinodorus latifolius for many years. It belongs to the group of Helanthium bolivianum (= Echinodorus bolivianus). It is often found in trade under other names, like "Echinodorus magdalenensis", however, those names might also refer to other varieties of Helanthium bolivianum.

As a submersed plant, Helanthium bolivianum "latifolius" is hard to discern from other plants from the group of H. bolivianum. Its leaf rosettes have an overall stiffer apperance than those of e.g. H. bolivianum "quadricostatus" (Echinodorus quadricostatus).
Its emersed form has narrowly lanceolate leaf blades with an acute tip (see picture 3), very much like emersed plants of Helanthium tenellum and H. bolivianum "angustifolius".
The petals of its flowers are slanting downwards (see fig. 92).

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Synonyms Echinodorus latifolius (Seub.) Rataj
Complete botanical name Helánthium boliviánum (Rusby) Lehtonen & Myllys
Family Alismataceae
Genus Helanthium
Difficulty easy
Usage Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
Aquascaping forms a grass-like lawn
Growth fast
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 10 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Runners
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Synonyms
Echinodorus latifolius (Seub.) Rataj
Complete botanical name
Helánthium boliviánum (Rusby) Lehtonen & Myllys
Family
Alismataceae
Genus
Helanthium
Difficulty
easy
Usage
Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
Aquascaping
forms a grass-like lawn
Growth
fast
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
10 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Runners
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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Tomas H.
Grows like crazy
6th October 2015
Helanthium bolivianum "Latifolius" - in Vitro XL
Helanthium bolivianum "Latifolius" - in Vitro XL

Excellent quality as usual from Aquasabi. Big portion that is growing like crazy in normal small sized aquarium sand. Warp speed delivery to Sweden. (read more)

Matthijs S.
Great!
27th August 2015
Helanthium bolivianum "Latifolius" - in Vitro XL
Helanthium bolivianum "Latifolius" - in Vitro XL

A large portion of healthy plants, good value for money and delivered quickly and well packaged as always! Thanks again Aquasabi!