Elatine triandra

Three-stamen waterwort

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
Difficulty: medium
Growth: fast
See also: Elatine gratioloides
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Availability [?]: 
  • occasionally available commercially
  • occasionally available from other aquarists

Common names: 
  • Three-stamen waterwort
  • Ah Pek's plant

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
  • rhizome or creeping stem
Botanical name [?]: Elatíne triándra Schkuhr

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Elatinaceae
Genus: Elatine


Threestamen waterwort, Elatine triandra, is a small creeping plant that is widely distributed from the temperate to the tropical climate zone: from Northern America over Europe, Asia and Australia to New Zealand. [1]. In nature, E. triandra is predominantly a pioneer plant growing on bare loam soils in ponds, rivulets and rice paddies that fall dry periodically and are often rather low in nutrients. [1],[2]. Elatine triandra is rare in Germany, and its populations are receding. It is threatened by intensified pond-farming and the eutrophication of waterbodies. [2].
Those plants of Elatine triandra sold in trade probably originate from Asia.

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