Cabomba aquatica

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background, Midground
Difficulty: difficult
Growth: medium
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Range and localities: 

Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, northern and eastern Brazil, Bolivia

Availability [?]: 
  • occasionally available commercially

  • Cabomba schwartzii Rataj

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Cabómba aquática Aubl.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Nymphaeales
Family: Cabombaceae
Genus: Cabomba


Cabomba aquatica is a highly variable fanwort originating from the northern and central parts of South America. There are various colour varieties, the most frequently found in trade form of which is a green plant named giant Cambomba.
C. aquatica has up to 8.5 cm long and 9.5 cm wide submersed leaves parted into a great many fine tips. When the sprouts reach the water surface, on its tip widely oval to roundish, shield-shaped floating leaves may form, as well as yellow, mostly two-fold flowers.

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