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Salvinia minima

Common Salvinia

Salvinia minima

Common Salvinia

  • Undemanding floater
  • Fast-growing
  • Small, roundish leaves
  • Recommendable for breeding tanks
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Description

The Common Salvinia is native to tropical America and develops only 1 to 1.5 cm long, roundish floating leaves. It stays considerably smaller than Salvinia auriculata.

Salvinia minima is a versatile floating plant, having only little demands and growing also under moderate lighting. However it benefits much from nutrient-rich water.

With its fast growth, this small floating fern removes excess nutrients from the water column and is useful for breeding tanks. Its small size makes it suitable for small, open tanks and the water part of paludariums and ripariums.

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

Salvinia minima is a small floating fern originating from the American tropics. It has been introduced into the south of the US, where it is considered an invasive aquatic weed.
This floating fern, like other Salvinia species, forms floating mats on the surface of different, mostly stagnant waters.

The floating leaves of S. minima are roundish to broad-oval, have a heart-shaped basis and grow to a length of 1 to 1.5 cm. Under unfavourable conditions they tend to stay smaller, however. The stems branch out and grow to a length of around 10 cm before they break, forming new plants.
The hairs on the leaf surface most frequently form groups of four, and their tips are not connected (magnifying glass). This is an easy way to discern Salvinia minima from S. molesta and other species of the group of plants related to Salvinia auriculata. (read more)

Common names Common Salvinia, Water spangles
Misapplied names Salvinia natans, Salvinia rotundifolia
Complete botanical name Salvínia mínima Baker
Family Salviniaceae
Genus Salvinia
Difficulty easy
Usage Water surface
Growth very fast
pH value 5 - 8
Temperature tolerance 18 - 32°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 21°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Fragmentation, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? no
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Common Salvinia, Water spangles
Misapplied names
Salvinia natans, Salvinia rotundifolia
Complete botanical name
Salvínia mínima Baker
Family
Salviniaceae
Genus
Salvinia
Difficulty
easy
Usage
Water surface
Growth
very fast
pH value
5 - 8
Temperature tolerance
18 - 32°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 21°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Fragmentation, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
no
Source
Flowgrow

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Sandra K.
Nice floating plant
26th April 2017
Salvinia minima - Portion
Salvinia minima - Portion

Good portion, nice healthy plant with long roots, quick delivery. My expectations were met, now my little fish have some hiding spots