Hygrophila lancea (H. sp. "Araguaia")

Aquarium suitability: yes
Difficulty: medium
Growth: medium
Range and localities: 

allegedly Brazil, Rio Araguaia; likely Asia

Availability [?]: 
  • frequently available commercially
  • occasionally available from other aquarists

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Hygróphila láncea Miq.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Hygrophila


This narrow-leaved creeping Hygrophila, allegedly from South America, was identified by Dieter Wasshausen (Smithsonian Institution, Washington) as Hygrophila lancea, a species from Asia. It is widely spread among hobbyists in the USA, but only recently also in Europe.

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Light high 
Temperature tolerance 18 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 24 to 28 °C
Carbonate hardness 0 to 7 °dKH
pH value 4.5 to 7 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 25 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: medium

Propagation: Cuttings

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: unknown

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