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Rotala indica

Indian toothcup

Rotala indica

Indian toothcup

  • Small leaves sit densely on the stems
  • Strictly upright, little ramification
  • Shoot tips often reddish
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Description

True Rotala indica is not very well-known as aquarium plant. At the moment is it labeled as Ammania sp. "Bonsai" and Rotala sp. "Bonsai" as the trade names, but its flowers have helped identify it correctly as R. indica. The name Rotala indica has been known in the aquarium hobby for a long time, but it was erroneously used for the totally different species Rotala rotundifolia. The unique appearance of Rotala indica can best be described as compact miniature version of Bacopa caroliniana. R. indica is a slow grower; under a lot of light, the shoot tips and stems turn reddish. With its straight hardly ramified thick stems and its roundish leaves it is best planted in a group in the fore- or middle ground of a tank. Rotala indica is especially suitable for smaller aquaria, but a large group of this plant may look nice in a bigger tank, too. Good lighting (at least 0.5 W/litre) and an ample supply of CO2 and nutrients need to be made sure. Moreover, R. indica should not be planted in the shade.

There is quite a bit of confusion around the name Rotala indica in aquaristics. The reason for this is, that in 1960, Rotala rotundifolia was imported under the erroneous name "Rotala indica". Even today, especially reddish forms of the very variable R. rotundifolia are sold as "Rotala indica" in trade.
True R. indica, however, is a competely different species that does not play a very important role as aquarium plant. Only recently, the plant sold as "Ammannia sp. 'Bonsai' " has been identified as true Rotala indica. It was also confused with Lindernia sp. "India".
Rotala indica is widely spread in the warmer regions of Asia and is very often found as annual weed in rice paddies. It has been introduced into other regions of the earth where rice is cultivated, e.g. in Northern Italy.

The emersed as well as the submersed forms of R. indica differ distinctly from R. (read more)

Common names Indian toothcup
Synonyms Ameletia indica (Willd.) DC.
Misapplied names Ammania sp. ''Bonsai'', Ammannia sp. ''Bonsai''
Trader names Ammania bonsai
Complete botanical name Rotála índica (Willd.) Koehne
Family Lythraceae
Genus Rotala
Difficulty medium
Usage Midground, Nano tanks, Street (Dutch style), Foreground, group
Growth medium
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Cuttings
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Indian toothcup
Synonyms
Ameletia indica (Willd.) DC.
Misapplied names
Ammania sp. ''Bonsai'', Ammannia sp. ''Bonsai''
Trader names
Ammania bonsai
Complete botanical name
Rotála índica (Willd.) Koehne
Family
Lythraceae
Genus
Rotala
Difficulty
medium
Usage
Midground, Nano tanks, Street (Dutch style), Foreground, group
Growth
medium
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Cuttings
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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Ricky H.
5th February 2014
Rotala indica - 1-2-GROW!
Rotala indica - 1-2-GROW!

Die Portionsgröße war super. Die Pflanze wächst, aber leider sehr sehr langsam --> naja, steht ja auch in der Beschreibung ;-) Dennoch habe ich Glück und die Pflanze wächst. (read more)

Tobias S.
Gefühlt schon die besten Tage hinter sich
5th November 2017
Rotala indica - 1-2-GROW!
Rotala indica - 1-2-GROW!

Der Topf war wirklich sehr dicht bepflanzt, gutes Wurzelwerk. Leider waren sämtliche Triebe schon sehr blass, wirkten irgendwie brüchig, als wären sie schon "drüber". (read more)

Daniel S.
Einfach Top
11th October 2017
Rotala indica - 1-2-GROW!
Rotala indica - 1-2-GROW!

Becher war sehr dicht bepflanzt und Pflanzen waren im TOP Zustand! Sehr zu empfehlen! Jetzt muss es nur noch wachsen.

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