Limnophila heterophylla

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background, Midground
Difficulty: easy
Growth: fast
Range and localities: 

im subtropischen und tropischen Asien weit verbreitet (von Pakistan bis China und Borneo)

  • Columnea heterophylla Roxburgh

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
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Botanical name [?]: Limnóphila heterophýlla (Roxb.) Benth.

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


Limnophila heterophylla is one of those Limnophilas that have finely pinnate leaves in their submersed form. This form resembles L. indica and L. sessiliflora and can only safely be discerned from them when their emersed form and especially the flower characteristics are considered (see Kasselmann 2010).
This Limnophila is widely spread in the Asian tropics and subtropics from Pakistan to China and Borneo. It has been found in rivulets as well as rice paddies and ponds with hard to soft water.

When cultivated as aquarium plant, the demands and use of L. heterophylla are about the same as those of L. indica and L. sessiliflora.

- To be continued –

Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 15 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 25 to 28 °C
Carbonate hardness 2 to 21 °dKH
pH value 5 to 8 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 5 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: Cuttings

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: fine-leaved

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