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Murdannia keisak

Asian dayflower

Murdannia keisak

Asian dayflower

  • Bamboo-like appearance
  • Strictly upright growth habit
  • Very light green with purple hues
  • Rarely found in trade
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Description

Murdannia keisak is a new uncommon aquarium plant. It has narrow distichous leaves, and under water it has strictly upright stems with pronounced nodes, which remind somewhat of bamboo. The leaves grow to a length of up to approx. 5 cm and 1 cm in width, the stems are around 3 mm thick. This plant belongs to the Commelinaceae family, which means it is related to plants of the genus Tradescantia, the "Golliwoog" plant (Callisia repens), Cyanotis and Floscopa. Murdannia keisak is distributed in the warmer regions of Asia, where it mostly grows as bog plant or floats in shallow water. In the aquarium it does very well when cultivated submersed. In the submersed form, the leaves are of a very light green, often with some purple hues. When nutrients are deficient, the leaves tend to assume a whitish colour. A substrate rich in nutrients and fertilisation with macronutrients is very beneficial for growth. You can let Murdannia keisak grow above the waterline, too, and it can be cultivated as bog plant in paludaria. Its emerged form has low-lying to ascending stems.

With its very narrow leaves growing in two lines Murdannia keisak looks very much like a grass, however, it truly belongs to the family of Commelinaceae, like the well-known houseplants of the genus Tradescantia or the "Golliwoog" plant (Callisia repens). Most of the 50 species in the genus Murdannia are terrestrial plants, like e.g. M. loriformis, which is used as a medicinal herb. Murdannia keisak is one of the few bog and aquatic plant species in that genus.
M. keisak is widely distributed in the warmer regions of Asia, however, it has also been introduced into the south-east of the USA, probably with rice seeds. There it spreads continuously. It has also been introduced into Italy. This plant grows in a diversity of moist places, like road ditches, river banks and lakeshores, bogs and, first and foremost, rice paddies. (read more)

Common names Asian dayflower, Asian spiderwort, Wartremoving herb
Synonyms Aneilema coreanum H. Lév. & Vaniot, Aneilema keisak Hassk., Aneilema oliganthum Franch. & Sav., Aneilema taquetii H.Lév.
Misapplied names Arthraxon hispidus
Complete botanical name Murdánnia kéisak (Hassk.) Hand.-Mazz.
Family Commelinaceae
Genus Murdannia
Difficulty medium
Usage Semi-emersed plant for open tanks, Background, Midground
Growth fast
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Seeds, Cuttings
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Asian dayflower, Asian spiderwort, Wartremoving herb
Synonyms
Aneilema coreanum H. Lév. & Vaniot, Aneilema keisak Hassk., Aneilema oliganthum Franch. & Sav., Aneilema taquetii H.Lév.
Misapplied names
Arthraxon hispidus
Complete botanical name
Murdánnia kéisak (Hassk.) Hand.-Mazz.
Family
Commelinaceae
Genus
Murdannia
Difficulty
medium
Usage
Semi-emersed plant for open tanks, Background, Midground
Growth
fast
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Seeds, Cuttings
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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Jakob F.
Super Pflanze
26th January 2016
Murdannia keisak - pot
Murdannia keisak - pot

Die Aquariumpflanze ist bei mir in einem sehr guten Zustand angekommen, Super Verpackt und ist nach kurzer Zeit sehr gut angewachsen.

Thomas R.
Bei mir eingegangen
22nd October 2016
Murdannia keisak - pot
Murdannia keisak - pot

Eine echt schöne Pflanze, die es bei mir leider nicht geschafft hat, was aber wohl eher an meinen Lichtverhältnissen lag (??). (read more)

Stephanie K.
Voll Zufrieden
10th August 2016
Murdannia keisak - pot
Murdannia keisak - pot

Sieht wirklich aus wie ein kleiner Bambus. Hat sich bisher gut entwickelt. Bin sehr zufrieden. Absolut gute Qualität. Vielen Dank

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