Echinodorus grisebachii 'Parviflorus'

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background, Midground
Difficulty: easy
Growth: medium
See also: Echinodorus grisebachii 'Amazonicus' , Echinodorus grisebachii 'Bleherae'
Range and localities: 

wahrscheinlich Amazonas-Tiefland von Peru und Bolivien

  • Echinodorus parviflorus Rataj

Trader names [?]: 
  • Echinodorus peruensis

Habit, plant type:

  • rosette
Botanical name [?]: Echinódorus grisebáchii Small

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Alismatales
Family: Alismataceae
Genus: Echinodorus


The Black Amazon Swordplant is commonly known as Echinodorus parviflorus and also under the trade name "Echinodorus peruensis". It truly is a variety of E. grisebachii, a very widely distributed species in the American tropics, among which E. grisebachii 'Amazonicus' and E. grisebachii 'Bleherae' are found. Originally, this form of E. grisebachii was probably imported from the Bolivian and Peruvian Amazon.

Decades ago, some Echinodorus plants were cultivated under the name E. parviflorus that were said to only form flower stalks under short-day conditions. Those plants traded as E. parviflorus today, however, differ from them. The popular name "Black Amazon Swordplant" refers to the dark coloration of the young leaves.

E. grisebachii 'Parviflorus' is a relatively easy-to-care-for sword plant that does not need very intensive light. It develops beautiful rosettes consisting of a large number of leaves. However, it is not as well-known as E. grisebachii 'Bleherae', which grows to a height and width of over 50 cm, and less often found in trade, however, its maximal height of 30 cm makes it a far better solitary plant for medium-sized tanks.

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Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 18 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 22 to 26 °C
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: medium

Propagation: Proliferating inflorescences, Rhizomteilung

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: not hardy in Germany

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