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Rotala macrandra

Giant Red Rotala

Rotala macrandra

Giant Red Rotala

  • Colourful stem plant
  • Wavy, delicate leaves
  • Strong contrast against green plants
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Description

Rotala macrandra is a magnificent stem plant that is native to flowing waters in southern India. This is a variable species, with different forms. The "regular form" with large, broad leaves is already long known in the aquarium hobby. It is also called Giant Red Rotala and is apparently identical to a plant that is labeled as R. macrandra "Japan". It develops wavy, delicate, elongate-ovate, about 2 to 4 cm long underwater leaves on upright stems. Under good growth conditions, the leaves are deeply light to brown red, with olive green tones under less light. The emersed plant has smaller, round, glossy green leaves similar to Rotala rotundifolia, and spike-like inflorescences with small whiteish flowers.

While Rotala macrandra is said to be a demanding, difficult plant, it grows fast and lush when its basic requirements are met. Rather strong lighting, soft to medium hard water, CO2 addition and balanced macro- and micronutrient supply are essential. This tropical plant likes warmth, with optimum temperatures of 24 to 28 °C. Also water movement is beneficial.
The stems are best planted in a group with some space to each other. Very dense stand may lead to shedding of the lower leaves due to lack of light. As well as other stem plants, this Rotala is propagated by cuttings of stem tips and side shoots.

With its strong red tones, the "normal form" of Rotala macrandra offers an especially effective accent as a rather small group in the aquarium midground. It contrasts well with green plants. The Giant Red Rotala is also suitable for "plant streets" in Dutch style planted tanks.

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Common names Giant Red Rotala
Complete botanical name Rotála macrándra Koehne
Family Lythraceae
Genus Rotala
Difficulty medium
Usage Accent (red), Background, Midground, Street (Dutch style)
Aquascaping very colourful plant for accents
Growth fast
pH value 4 - 7
Temperature tolerance 18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 12°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Cuttings
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Giant Red Rotala
Complete botanical name
Rotála macrándra Koehne
Family
Lythraceae
Genus
Rotala
Difficulty
medium
Usage
Accent (red), Background, Midground, Street (Dutch style)
Aquascaping
very colourful plant for accents
Growth
fast
pH value
4 - 7
Temperature tolerance
18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 12°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Cuttings
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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General information

Item no.
135.0011.00
EAN
Weight 0,10 kg
Shipping weight 0,10 kg

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Jorge David Q.
liquid substrate and plant mixed up
31st August 2018
Rotala macrandra - 1-2-GROW!
Rotala macrandra - 1-2-GROW!

The plant was hold, leaves everywhere with brown liquid agar that smell very bad. Plant is arrived totally shaked and not nice. Not recommended

Ann B.
Wonderfull plant
1st September 2021
Rotala macrandra - 1-2-GROW!
Rotala macrandra - 1-2-GROW!

Good condition of the plants.

I like the In-vitro version better than the normal ones.

A beautiful plant for the background and a recommendation for every aquarium.

Giovanni G.
Aquasabi is the best
25th April 2020
Rotala macrandra - 1-2-GROW!
Rotala macrandra - 1-2-GROW!

Its beautiful plants.

The ship is very fast thanks from Aquasabi.

i m very very happy for all.

Aquasabi is the best.

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