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Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba'

Mermaid weed

Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba'

Mermaid weed

  • Light green to intense red in colour
  • Dense foliage
  • Comb-like divided leaves
  • Upright growth habit
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Description

Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba' is a very decorative variant of the Mermaid weed that was found on the Isla de Juventud (Cuba). North American plants of the species were already grown long time ago, while probably only the Cuban variant is available in trade nowadays. In its terrestrial (emersed) form, this stem plant has inconspicuous green leaves with serrated margins. Its pretty submerged foliage with orange to copper-red tones appears after planting into the aquarium. It has a moderate growth rate. Emersed Proserpinaca palustris somewhat resembles variants of Limnophila aromatica but differs by its alternate leaf arrangement from Limnophila species that have the leaves arranged in pairs (opposite) or whorls along the stem.

The Mermaid weed from Cuba is moderately demanding. Medium to strong lighting, CO2 addition and a complete macro- and micronutrient supply are recommended. As well as other stem plants, it can be propagated by cuttings.

Under good lights, this relative of the water milfoils (Myriophyllum) assumes a nice coppery red colour. Its characteristic variable serrate to feathered leaves contrast nicely against other aquarium plants. It looks especially well as a solitary, about 10 to 40 cm high bush in the midground.

Proserpinaca palustris, or mermaid weed, is distributed in the entire east and south-east of the USA, on some islands of the Caribbean as well as in Central and parts of South America in ditches, ponds, rivulets and swamplands. Throughout its wide area of distribution, this plant has developed many different varieties, depending on the region.

P. palustris is not really a new aquarium plant, it has been cultivated in the USA and Europe for decades. For example, it was presented in the publication "Wendt'sche Blaetter" in the 1950s. However, the mermaid weed only gained international attention when it was imported as new plant from Cuba by Tropica.
The Cuban variety of Proserpinaca palustris seems to differ from its conspecifics from North America. In European trade, there's probably only the Cuban form of the mermaid weed to be found. (read more)

Common names Mermaid weed
Complete botanical name Proserpináca palústris L.
Family Haloragaceae
Genus Proserpinaca
Difficulty medium
Usage Accent (red), Background, Midground
Aquascaping very colourful plant for accents
Growth medium
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 10 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 18°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Cuttings
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Mermaid weed
Complete botanical name
Proserpináca palústris L.
Family
Haloragaceae
Genus
Proserpinaca
Difficulty
medium
Usage
Accent (red), Background, Midground
Aquascaping
very colourful plant for accents
Growth
medium
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
10 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 18°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Cuttings
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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Francisco G.
Nada má
9th February
Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba' - pot
Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba' - pot

Já comprei por duas vezes, a primeira a porção vinha muito boa, na segunda nem por isso, apenas 4 hastes

roberto i.
ottima pianta
13th July 2015
Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba' - 1-2-GROW!
Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba' - 1-2-GROW!

anche dopo cinque giorni di viaggio si presenta bene e rigogliosa. pianta molto resistente e in splendida forma nonostante la coltura in vitro cup abbondante consigliatissima... (read more)

Bülent S.
Tolle gesunde Pflanze in einem Topf
14th May 2015
Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba' - pot
Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba' - pot

Tolle gesunde Pflanze in einem Topf. Super schön und vor allem großer Topf. Wächst super schnell bei mir... Absolute Kaufempfehlung

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