Hygrophila lancea (H. sp. "Araguaia")

Aquarium suitability: yes
Difficulty: medium
Growth: medium
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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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