Lagenandra meeboldii 'Red'

Meebold's Lagenandra, red form

Lagenandra meeboldii 'Red'

Meebold's Lagenandra, red form

  • Similar to Cryptocoryne, broad leaves
  • Young leaves are pink
  • Suitable as solitaire
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Description

This relative of the Cryptocorynes has been in cultivation as a marsh plant for paludariums for a long time. It only became better known as an aquarium plant about 10 years ago. Lagenandra meeboldii originates from south-west India and colonises the swampy banks of shady streams there. It can grow both emersed and submerged. This Lagenandra species is very variable, with different forms. The form Lagenandra meeboldii 'Red' looks similar to a medium-sized, broad-leaved Cryptocoryne.

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Leaf structure and colouring of the submerged leaves

The colours of the leaves vary from olive green to light purple to reddish purple and this often in one leaf. The coarse, ovate, slightly heart-shaped leaves show variable colouring from olive green, orange-brown, light purple to reddish purple, often in the same leaf. Newly emerging leaves are light pink. The usually 6 - 12 cm long, 4 - 8 cm wide leaf blades can grow to a maximum of 15 cm long, with a stem up to 20 cm long. The plant grows relatively slowly under water, hardly getting higher than 10 cm for a long time, but has a spreading habit. Under good conditions, the leaf rosette reaches about 30 cm in height over time. Unlike cryptocorynes, this aroid does not form underground runners, but a creeping rhizome up to about 8 mm thick.

This Lagenandra is not a distinctly low-light plant like many Cryptocorynes, but should be at least moderately lit and have a free location. Plenty of light promotes the colouring of the leaves. The plant is a root feeder and grateful for a nutrient-rich substrate, as well as for CO2 addition. It also grows well at medium carbonate hardness. The most favourable temperatures for this tropical plant are between about 22 and 28 °C. For propagation, the rhizome can be cut into pieces a few centimetres long. Sometimes side shoots develop on the rhizome by themselves, which can be cut off.

Lagenandra meeboldii 'Red' works best as a solitary or small, loose group in the aquarium middle ground. As a younger plant, it can also be planted in the foreground. It is also very decorative as an emerse plant in paludariums, where you can also count on its striking inflorescences. These have a whitish outside, pinkish and felty spathe inside.

Lagenandra meeboldii originates from the south-Indian states Karnataka and Kerala on shaded marshy riverbanks up to a height of 1200 m above sea level.generalreferences#1
This Lagenandra is very variable, there are forms of different size, leaf form or colour. A green and a red variety have been in emersed cultivation in botanical gardens and as paludarium plants by some hobbyists for quite some time. However, the insight that at least the red variety can be kept continually submersed in the aquarium is a rather new one.generalreferences#1 It is probable that some other forms of L. meeboldii are suitable aquarium plants.

In the USA, Lagenandra meeboldii 'Pink' is known as high-growing aquarium plant. According to photos in internet forums, its emersed and submersed form seems to have more longish and larger leaf blades than the red form of L. (read more)

Misapplied names Lagenandra meeboldii 'Pink'
Complete botanical name Lagenándra meebóldii (Engl.) C. E. C. Fisch.
Family Araceae
Genus Lagenandra
Difficulty medium
Usage Accent (red), Midground, Specimen plant
Aquascaping very colourful plant for accents
Height 10 - 20cm
Width 15 - 30cm
Growth slow
pH value 6 - 7
Temperature tolerance 12 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Misapplied names
Lagenandra meeboldii 'Pink'
Complete botanical name
Lagenándra meebóldii (Engl.) C. E. C. Fisch.
Family
Araceae
Genus
Lagenandra
Difficulty
medium
Usage
Accent (red), Midground, Specimen plant
Aquascaping
very colourful plant for accents
Height
10 - 20cm
Width
15 - 30cm
Growth
slow
pH value
6 - 7
Temperature tolerance
12 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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135.0065.02
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Weight 0,05 kg
Shipping weight 0,10 kg

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ANTONIO C.
Very nice !
5th January 2023
Lagenandra meeboldii 'Red' - in Vitro
Lagenandra meeboldii 'Red' - in Vitro

Note!, I think that the potted plant adapts faster than in vitro Cryptocoryne have always been one of my fetish plants. (read more)

Matthijs S.
Unusual
27th August 2015
Lagenandra meeboldii 'Red' - pot
Lagenandra meeboldii 'Red' - pot

An unsual and interesting plant, with several plants per pot. As usual, the plants were very well packaged and delivered quickly.

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