Ludwigia repens "Mesakana"

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Accent (red), Background, Midground
Difficulty: easy
Growth: fast
See also: Ludwigia repens
Range and localities: 

genaue Herkunft unbekannt

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae
Genus: Ludwigia


This plant is according to Kasselmann (2010)1 a form of the very variable species Ludwigia repens, however, it also resembles the hybrid L. palustris x repens.
It is not clear what the name affix "Mesakana" refers to. Depending on the wholesaler it is sometimes also spelled "Messacana", "Messancana" or "Messicana" (the latter meaning "Mexican" in Italy). Hans-Georg Kramer (2009)2 coined the German expression "Bunte Ludwigie", which translates as "colourful Ludwigia".

In comparison to other varietys of L. repens and to L. palustris x repens, the leaves of L. repens "Mesakana" grow larger, and have a rounder form. They are also more colourful and have a more pronounced pattern. According to Kramer (2009) this Ludwigia also has higher demands and special characteristics:
- a high supply of micronutrients is required, and it is a strong competitor with other Ludwigias;
- develops more nicely in softer water;
- from time to time, the leaves on especially strong shoots tend to wilt and are cast off without any obvious reason. The shoots die off afterwards.

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References and further reading:
  1. Kasselmann, Christel (2010): Aquarienpflanzen. 3rd edition. - DATZ Aquarienbuch, Ulmer Verlag.
  2. Kramer, Hans-Georg (2009): Pflanzenaquaristik à la Kramer. 1st edition. - Tetra Verlag.
Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 4 to 28 °C
Optimum temperature 22 to 26 °C
Carbonate hardness 2 to 15 °dKH
pH value 5 to 7.5 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 15 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: unknown

There is no detailled information for cultivating this plant yet.
Aquascaping: very colourful plant for accents

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