Limnophila aquatica

Giant Ambulia

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background
Difficulty: medium
Growth: fast
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Range and localities: 

India, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi

Common names: 
  • Giant Ambulia

  • Cyrilla aquatica Roxb.

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Limnóphila aquática (Roxb.) Alston

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Limnophila


This beautiful aquarium plant has its origins in India and Sri Lanka.

Its fine-structured light green leaves contrast very nicely against other plants. It is not very demanding, however it develops best with CO2 injection as well as a good nutrient supply with liquid fertilisers and/or over the substrate. Under sufficient light, it grows horizontally, forming a great number of lateral shoots, which gives it a very bushy look.

It is best presented in a group of several stems. In open tanks, it may form shoots with small blue flowers above the waterline.

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