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Rotala macrandra 'Green'

°C
°dKH
Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background, Midground, Street (Dutch style)
Difficulty: medium
Growth: fast
Range and localities: 

Exact origin of R. macrandra 'Green' unknown; distribution of the species Rotala macrandra: South India


Synonyms: 
  • Rotala macrandra 'Wavy'

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Rotála macrándra Koehne

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Myrtales
Family: Lythraceae
Genus: Rotala

Description: 

Rotala macrandra 'Green' is a relatively small variety of R. macrandra and quite obviously identical with the plant that has recently gained popularity under the name R. macrandra "Wavy" in Germany.

A stunning characteristic of this plant is that it looks very different depending on the conditions it grows in. Moderate light leads to its "typical" habit with longish, rather light green leaves and reddish stems. The leaf margins are then distinctly sawed, the leaf tip is obtuse.
Under more intensive light, though, the leaves attain a reddish hue, and shoots may form whose leaf forms vary from ovate to round with a smooth margin. This modification is quite stable and could easily lead the layman to the conclusion that this plant belongs to an entirely different variety.

The emersed form has round green leaves on red stems, like the "standard" land form of Rotala macrandra.

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Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 18 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 24 to 28 °C
Carbonate hardness 0 to 12 °dKH
pH value 4.5 to 7 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 20 to 40 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 10 to 50 mg/l
Phosphate (PO43-) 0.1 to 3 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 5 to 30 mg/l
Iron (Fe) 0.01 to 0.5 mg/l

Growth: fast

Propagation: Cuttings

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: not hardy in Germany

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