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Ludwigia ovalis

Oval Ludwigia

Ludwigia ovalis

Oval Ludwigia

  • Nice reddish hues
  • Roundish to ovoid leaves
  • Loosely upright to slanted growth habit
  • Ramifies well
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Description

This pretty Ludwiga originates from East Asia. It is not as well-known as certain other Ludwigias but gets increasingly popular due to its quite easy cultivation and beautiful pink-orange tones of the roundish-ovate submerged leaves. In contrast to the similar Ludwigia repens from North America, L. ovalis has an alternate leaf arrangement. Under aquarium conditions, the Oval Ludwigia grows loosely upright, a little slanted. It forms a bush by its side shoots. The leaves are about 2 cm long. The terrestrial form of L. ovalis is rather green, while the reddish colours will appear in the submerged form.

Moderate to strong light as well as a good macro- and micronutrient supply are recommendable. suffices for a good growth rate. CO2 injection is not always a must, but helps L. ovalis grow faster and more robust. Slight limitation of the nitrate and/or phosphate supply may bring out a more intense coloration.
Propagation is easy, as in most other stem plants, just cut off lateral or top shoots and re-plant in the substrate.

Ludwigia ovalis is a unique, highly attractive plant suitable for almost any aquascape, as most other pink-orange plants are far more demanding. The Oval Ludwiga can be formed to a low to medium tall bush that is ideally suited for the midground, depending on the height of the tank also for the foreground. Light green plants create a beautiful contrast to this Ludwigia. .

Ludwiga ovalis is a rather new species in the aquarium hobby. This Ludwigia, originating from East Asia, is quite easy in cultivation, which makes it increasingly popular; its beautiful pink-orange ovate leaves might help, too. In its natural habitat, it is found in cooler waters or on very moist to wet soil. Then its growth habit is creeping.

L. ovalis is a low-growing stem plant with roundish to ovate leaves quite similar to those of L. repens. In contrast to the latter, however, the leaves of L. ovalis are alternate (1 leaf per node). Amongst the most frequently cultivated species of Ludwigia, this is a characteristic only found in L. glandulosa and L. ovalis (most Ludwigia species have alternate leaves, however, almost all of those species cultivated in aquaria have opposite leaves and thus 2 leaves per node).

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Common names Oval Ludwigia
Complete botanical name Ludwígia ovális Miq.
Family Onagraceae
Genus Ludwigia
Difficulty medium
Usage Accent (red), Midground
Aquascaping very colourful plant for accents
Growth fast
pH value 4 - 7
Temperature tolerance 10 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness 1 - 7°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Cuttings
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Oval Ludwigia
Complete botanical name
Ludwígia ovális Miq.
Family
Onagraceae
Genus
Ludwigia
Difficulty
medium
Usage
Accent (red), Midground
Aquascaping
very colourful plant for accents
Growth
fast
pH value
4 - 7
Temperature tolerance
10 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness
1 - 7°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Cuttings
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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