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New Aquarium Plant – Hygrophila Pinnatifida

By keno | January 8, 2011

New Aquarium Plant – Hygrophila Pinnatifida

I just added a new plant (Hygrophila Pinnatifida) to my 200 gallon aquarium. This plant is relatively new to the aquarium marketplace. All of my planted aquariums have High Powered CREE LED’s so it will be interesting to see how this plant grows under these conditions. I purchased the plant from a person in Hawaii, so the plant has travelled far to get to my aquarium here in Toms River, NJ. When the plant first arrived, the leaves were rigid and vertical, so I couldn’t see the center of the plant. After the first day the leaves relaxed and I could see the center area. There appears to be two new leaves that I couldn’t see at first. I am planning on documenting the growth habits of this plant in my aquarium.

Here is a description of the Hygrophila Pinnatifida:

Hygrophila pinnatifida originates from India. It obtains brown, patched leaves on the surface with a distinctive burgundy colour underneath. It creates horizontal side shoots and the top shoots should be pinched out in order to maintain compact and attractive growth. The horizontal side shoots easily attach to both wood and rocks. Growth is moderate and the colour is attractive when planted in small groups with a plain background. Intense lighting ensures compact growth due to the plant’s slow to medium growth rate.

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Topics: Hygrophila Pinnatifida, My 200 gallon tank | 1 Comment »

One Response to “New Aquarium Plant – Hygrophila Pinnatifida”

  1. Dr. Chengara P. Sreemadhavan Says:
    May 28th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Hygrophila pinnatifida (Dalz.) Sreem. was treated as a species of Cardanthera until 1962 when Heine sunk this genus into Hygrophila. I had to make a new name for this species in Hygrophila because of some very complicated rules of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. You can read my paper THE TAXONOMIC STATUS OF CARDANTHERA (ACANTHACEAE) in the Bulletin of the Botanical Survey of India 10:222-223, 1968.

    I am happy to see the increasing poularity of this plant as an aquarium plant.

    One last comment. Specific names of plants should always be written in lower case – H. pinnatifida not H. Pinnatifida.

    Chengara

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