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Hygrophila pinnatifida

Hygrophila pinnatifida

  • Ornamental leaf shape
  • Highly decorative leaf patterns
  • Can be used in many different ways
  • Attaches itself to hardscape
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Description

Hygrophila pinnatifida from India grows unique lobed leaves with olive green, leathery brown to brownish-red upper side with a light yellow pattern in the aquarium. The underside is wine red. The plant grows horizontal lateral shoots whose roots will cling to rocks or driftwood. It has only been cultivated in aquaria since 2008, today it is a very popular plant with manifold uses in aquascaping. When the top shoots are trimmed regularly, the plant maintains its compact growth habit. If the shoot tops aren't cut off, the stems grow high and upright with long leaves. When planted in smaller groups in front of a calm background, the plant's growth habit and colour are a nice eye-catcher.

Hygrophila pinnatifida is an uncommon hygro endemic to India. There it grows on rivulets in the western coastal area on the foot of the Western Ghats (Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu), and in literature, findings of this plant are also documented for the north-Indian state Uttar Pradesh.
H. pinnatifida has been known to science for over 150 years, however, it has only been cultivated as aquarium plant since early 2008. Up to now (2010) it is still relatively rare in the hobby, however, some large aquatic plant nurseries have already taken it into their product range as novelty.

This plant differs from the Hygrophila species hitherto kept in aquaria in many respects. Its leaves of the emersed as well as the submersed form are pinnatilobed to pinnatisect and are thus highly decorative. (read more)

Synonyms Nomaphila pinnatifida Dalzell, Cardanthera pinnatifida (Dalzell) Benth. ex C.B.Clarke .
Complete botanical name Hygróphila pinnatífida (Dalzell) Sreem.
Family Acanthaceae
Genus Hygrophila
Difficulty medium
Usage Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Semi-emersed plant for open tanks, Midground, Foreground, group
Height 5 - 40cm
Width 10 - 30cm
Growth medium
pH value 5 - 8
Temperature tolerance 18 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness 2 - 12°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Runners, Proliferating leaves, Cuttings, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Synonyms
Nomaphila pinnatifida Dalzell, Cardanthera pinnatifida (Dalzell) Benth. ex C.B.Clarke .
Complete botanical name
Hygróphila pinnatífida (Dalzell) Sreem.
Family
Acanthaceae
Genus
Hygrophila
Difficulty
medium
Usage
Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Semi-emersed plant for open tanks, Midground, Foreground, group
Height
5 - 40cm
Width
10 - 30cm
Growth
medium
pH value
5 - 8
Temperature tolerance
18 - 28°C
Carbonate hardness
2 - 12°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Runners, Proliferating leaves, Cuttings, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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Laurence A.
Excelente
7th December 2016
Hygrophila pinnatifida - pot
Hygrophila pinnatifida - pot

Plant arrived in excellent conditions. Lovely plant to add in any tank. sometimes it is a Triki, has it spreads quickly.

John L.
Nice plant
17th October 2016
Hygrophila pinnatifida - pot
Hygrophila pinnatifida - pot

Fast and speedy delivery. Plant was in a great state and was in a good size. Nicely packaged as the rest of my rather big order.

Matthijs S.
Good value
27th August 2015
Hygrophila pinnatifida - Linea Cup
Hygrophila pinnatifida - Linea Cup

This is good value, giving you a number of plantlets which come well packaged and delivered quickly as always. Easy to plant or tie onto decor.

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