Cryptocoryne usteriana

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Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Cichlid proof plant, Background, Midground, Specimen plant
Difficulty: easy
Growth: slow
See also: Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia , Cryptocoryne coronata
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Range and localities: 

Insel Guimaras (Philippinen)


Habit, plant type:

  • rosette
Botanical name [?]: Cryptocóryne usteriána Engl.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Cryptocoryne

Description: 

Cryptocoryne usteriana is a very large Cryptocoryne that can grow to a height of up to 70 cm. It grows mostly submersed in rivers on the Philippine island Guimaras. For a long time, the larger C. aponogetifolia was not discerned from C. usteriana. This is the reason why the plants that are cultivated under the name C. usteriana are in many cases truly C. aponogetifolia.

Like C. aponogetifolia, true C. usteriana grows best in hard water. This preference as well as its size makes it a very recommendable plant for Lake Tanganyika and Lake Malawi Chichlid tanks.

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