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Phyllanthus fluitans

Red root floater

Phyllanthus fluitans

Red root floater

  • Attractive floater from South America
  • Round leaves
  • Red coloration under strong lighting
  • Finely branched red roots
  • Recommendable for open tanks
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Description

Phyllanthus fluitans is a floating plant that is widespread in the Neotropics. The plant is also known in the hobby as "floating spurge" because it was attributed to the family Euphorbiaceae over a long period (today: Phyllanthaceae). Its round floating leaves are water-repellent and may become deeply brown-red especially under strong lighting and limited nitrogen supply. Also the roots are often a red colour, therefore its name "Red root floater".

This pretty, relatively small floater is not difficult to grow in aquariums, good lighting and nutrient-rich water provided. The plant propagates by branching and breaking of its thin, soft stems. It is also able to grow terrestrial on wet, muddy substrate. Under optimal growth conditions, one can expect small, star-like white flowers appearing in the leaf axils.

The Red root floater is especially attractive in open tanks and well lit paludariums. According to its origin, it is also suited for biotope tanks imitating South American stagnant water habitats.

This nice little floating plant originates from the American tropics and is traditionally counted among the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). Recent research has shown, though, that the genus Phyllanthus better be placed in its own family, that of Phyllanthaceae.
Phyllanthus fluitans looks pretty similar to a floating fern of the genus Salvinia, however, instead of two floating leaves it has just one on each node (alternate leaves).
The thin submerges stem has tufts of red roots and round, water-repellent floating leaves with a heart-shaped base that hide the stem more or less completely. The leaves often possess a convex centre, whereas the leaf margin is even with the waterline.
Under favourable conditions, tiny white flowers with six petals appear in the leaf axils. (read more)

Common names Red root floater
Complete botanical name Phyllánthus flúitans Benth. ex Müll.Arg.
Family Phyllanthaceae
Genus Phyllanthus
Difficulty medium
Usage Water surface
Growth fast
pH value 5 - 8
Temperature tolerance 18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Fragmentation, Cuttings, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Red root floater
Complete botanical name
Phyllánthus flúitans Benth. ex Müll.Arg.
Family
Phyllanthaceae
Genus
Phyllanthus
Difficulty
medium
Usage
Water surface
Growth
fast
pH value
5 - 8
Temperature tolerance
18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Fragmentation, Cuttings, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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Item no.
135.0357.00
EAN 5703249828026
Weight 0,00 kg
Shipping weight 0,00 kg

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Phyllanthus fluitans - Portion
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Es ist eine sehr schöne Pflanze die gerade in der Einfahrphase viele Nährstoffe (die Algen erzeugen) in schach hält.

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