Lindernia grandiflora

Blue moneywort

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background, Midground, Nano tanks
Difficulty: easy
Growth: medium
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Range and localities: 

USA: endemic to Florida


Availability [?]: 
  • rarely or not available commercially
  • rarely or not available from other aquarists

Common names: 
  • Blue moneywort
  • Savannah false pimpernel

Synonyms: 
  • Ilysanthes grandiflora (Nutt.) Benth.

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Lindérnia grandiflóra Nutt.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Lamiales
Family: Linderniaceae
Genus: Lindernia

Description: 

Lindernia grandiflora is endemic to Florida. The emersed form of this marsh plant has a creeping habit and beautiful flowers. In the USA it has been available in trade as ornamental house or garden plant. One of the cultivars of this species is known under the name 'Blue White'.
Only recently, hobbyists in the USA discovered that it can also be cultivated submersed in aquaria.
Outside of the USA, L. grandiflora is not known as aquarium plant yet. In Europe it apparently isn't even available in the ornamental plant trade.

- To be continued -

References and further reading:
  1. Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants, selected herbarium specimen details (http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/SpecimenDetails.aspx?PlantID=2618, accessed 05 May 2013)
  2. Lindernia grandiflora in the APC Plantfinder on www.aquaticplantcentral.com (accessed 05 May 2013)
  3. Introduction of Lindernia grandiflora on www.flowgrow.de (accessed 05 May 2013)
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