Helanthium bolivianum "latifolius"

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
Difficulty: easy
Growth: fast

  • Echinodorus latifolius (Seub.) Rataj

Habit, plant type:

  • rosette
Botanical name [?]: Helánthium boliviánum (Rusby) Lehtonen & Myllys

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


This plant has been known under the name Echinodorus latifolius for many years. It belongs to the group of Helanthium bolivianum (= Echinodorus bolivianus). It is often found in trade under other names, like "Echinodorus magdalenensis", however, those names might also refer to other varieties of Helanthium bolivianum.

As a submersed plant, Helanthium bolivianum "latifolius" is hard to discern from other plants from the group of H. bolivianum. Its leaf rosettes have an overall stiffer apperance than those of e.g. H. bolivianum "quadricostatus" (Echinodorus quadricostatus).
Its emersed form has narrowly lanceolate leaf blades with an acute tip (see picture 3), very much like emersed plants of Helanthium tenellum and H. bolivianum "angustifolius".
The petals of its flowers are slanting downwards (see fig. 92).

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Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 10 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 20 to 26 °C
Carbonate hardness 0 to 14 °dKH
pH value 5 to 7.5 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 10 to 40 mg/l
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: fast

Propagation: Runners

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: not hardy in Germany

There is no detailled information for cultivating this plant yet.
Aquascaping: forms a grass-like lawn

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