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Ricciocarpos natans

Floating crystalwort

Ricciocarpos natans

Floating crystalwort

  • Rare, small floating plant
  • Unique habit
  • Hardly available in trade
  • Recommendable for open tanks
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Description

The Floating Crystalwort is an unusual and rare, small floating plant, closely related to the Riccia genus. It has an almost worldwide distribution, from the tropics to cool northern regions, but is not really frequent in the nature. It grows floating as well as terrestrial on moist bottom. Ricciocarpos natans is rarely kept in aquaria and hardly available in the trade. The floating thalli are heart-shaped to half-round, fan-shaped, with dark, long scales on the underside resembling roots. Ricciocarpos propagates by bifurcation and falling apart of the branches. Terrestrial thalli are rosette-like and considerably broader than the floating ones.

Please note: The lower side of Ricciocarpos natans is greyish brown to blackish, with hairs. That could give the impression that the plant is rotten and infested with algae, but it's the normal appearance of the underside. As long as the upper side of the thalli is green, the plant is alive. It may also happen that the thalli break into smaller pieces during transport, but the pieces will continue to grow in the aquarium.

Ricciocarpos natans is described as a difficult floating plant in aquarium literature, however this is not in line with our experiences. Apparently a good macronutrient supply is most important, otherwise we have not noticed special difficulties. Nutrient deficiency leads to very small, pale-green thalli. Medium to strong lighting and a calm water surface are recommendable. Under favorable conditions this liverwort multiplies quite fast, however it does not get as annoying as duckweed (Lemna) as it can easily be reduced. The terrestrial form can be cultivated on wet, nutrient-rich substrate.

This floating liverwort has an interesting look that is otherwise not known from floating aquarium plants. It is best used in open tanks. Also its terrestrial, round, rosette-like thalli are decorative; Ricciocarpos natans should be tested for its suitability for paludaria and Wabi-Kusa.

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

Synonyms Riccia natans L., Ricciocarpus natans
Complete botanical name Ricciocárpos nátans (L.) Corda
Family Ricciaceae
Genus Ricciocarpos
Difficulty easy
Usage Water surface
Growth fast
Propagation Fragmentation
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Synonyms
Riccia natans L., Ricciocarpus natans
Complete botanical name
Ricciocárpos nátans (L.) Corda
Family
Ricciaceae
Genus
Ricciocarpos
Difficulty
easy
Usage
Water surface
Growth
fast
Propagation
Fragmentation
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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David R.
Sieht sehr schön aus in meinem offenen Nanobecken
10th May 2017
Ricciocarpos natans - Portion
Ricciocarpos natans - Portion

Diese Pflanze sieht in meinem offenen Nanobecken sehr schön aus und ist ein wahrer Hingucker! Ich wurde sogar schon 3-Mal gefragt, was dies für eine Pflanze ist. (read more)