Tim Gross (2006)

Lindernia sp. 'India'

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group
Difficulty: medium
Growth: medium
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Availability [?]: 
  • rarely or not available commercially
  • rarely or not available from other aquarists

Habit, plant type:

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

Description: 

Lindernia sp. 'India', a variety of Lindernia that probably originates from India, but hasn't been closer identified yet, is quite widely spread as an aquarium plant in the USA. In Europe, it is not yet available in trade and mostly still unknown in the hobby. However, true Rotala indica ("Ammannia sp. 'Bonsai'") has been on sale as Lindernia sp. 'India' due to a mix-up.

Of the few Lindernia species that have already found their way into the hobby, this variety is probably the most colourful. The leaves can turn to a light purple, whereas the stems remain green. All in all, L. sp. 'India' shows the most resemblance to Lindernia rotundifolia.

L. sp. 'India' is described as quite demanding. A constant supply of CO2, macro- and micronutrients as well as soft water are recommended.

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