Echinodorus 'Rainers Kitty'

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Midground, Foreground, group
Difficulty: easy
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Habit, plant type:

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


Echinodorus 'Rainer's Kitty' is a cultivar that was selected from a population of Echinodorus 'Ozelot' by Tomas Kaliebe of the former aquatic plant nursery ZooLogiCa (Altlandsberg near Berlin). It was introduced to the market in about 2002. The name refers to Rainer Leidtholdt, the owner of said nursery.

This variety stays rather small and reaches an overall height of only 10 to 20 cm. Its strikingly wine-red colour and the spotted pattern make it quite unique. Older leaves tend to assume a greener hue.
The very narrowly elliptical leaf blades grow around 10 to 20 cm long and 2 to 4 cm wide, have a slightly undulate margin and a short stalk.

E. 'Rainer's Kitty' somewhat resembles the variety E. 'Rainer's Felix'.

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