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Murdannia engelsii

Red Murdannia

Murdannia engelsii

Red Murdannia

  • Unusual stem plant from South America
  • Reddish, narrow, wavy leaves
  • Loosely upright growth habit
  • Rare, hardly available in trade elsewhere
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Description

This unusual aquarium plant was long known as Murdannia sp. "Red". We are informed that it belongs to Murdannia engelsii. This species was scientifically described in 2016 and occurs in the Amazonian, Cerrado and Pantanal region of Brazil, growing on sandy riverbanks. In their terrestrial form, the creeping shoots have inconspicuous green leaves. When it is planted under water, the plant develops striking brown-orange-red, slightly transparent leaves with very wavy leaves on ascending, often curved stems. New side shoots appear on the lower nodes of the stems.

Murdannia engelsii is moderately demanding. It should be well lit, and a good macro- and micronutrient supply, as well as CO2 addition, are important for its healthy growth. Nutrient deficiency may lead to early melt and blackening of older leaves. Under favourable conditions the plant may grow quite fast. It is easily propagated by cuttings.

This exotic looking Commelinaceae from tropical South America is still a rarity. With its spreading growth habit, Murdannia engelsii looks best as a solitary bush in the midground of an aquarium.

Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.

This plant is in aquarium culture for some time as Murdannia sp. 'Red' and Murdannia sp. from Pantanal but still not well-known. It entered the aquarium trade probably in Japan first. The Brazilian botanist Marco Octávio de Oliveira Pellegrini identified it as Murdannia engelsii, based on photos of the emersed, flowering plant from Massimo Iannella (pers. comm.). This species was scientifically described in 2016 and is known from the Amazonian, the Cerrado and the Pantanal region of Brazil. It occurs on sandy riverbanks. unknown stem plant whose natural origins are still very much in the dark. What can be said is that it belongs to the Commelinaceae family, but it is even unclear whether it truly belongs in the genus Murdannia.
Under water, this plant develops strongly undulate leaves with a thin membrane and brownish red to pink coloured leaves. (read more)

Synonyms Murdannia sp. 'Red', Murdannia sp. (from Pantanal)
Complete botanical name Murdánnia engélsii M.Pell.
Family Commelinaceae
Genus Murdannia
Difficulty medium
Usage Background, Midground
Growth medium
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 20 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 10°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Cuttings
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Synonyms
Murdannia sp. 'Red', Murdannia sp. (from Pantanal)
Complete botanical name
Murdánnia engélsii M.Pell.
Family
Commelinaceae
Genus
Murdannia
Difficulty
medium
Usage
Background, Midground
Growth
medium
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
20 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 10°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Cuttings
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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