Ottelia ulvifolia

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

Tropisches Afrika, Madagaskar

  • Damasonium ulvifolium Planchon

Habit, plant type:

  • rosette
Botanical name [?]: Ottélia ulvifólia (Planch.) Walp.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Alismatales
Family: Hydrocharitaceae
Genus: Ottelia


Ottelia ulvifolia is a large aquatic plant with up to 50 cm long and 10 cm wide, roughly undulate to spiralling leaves that are a little transparent. The species name hints to its leaf form reminding a little of sea lettuce of the genus Ulva, a green marine alga.
This Ottelia is found in the African tropics and on Madagaskar, where it grows in different types of waterbodies.

This species has several forms, the most well-known of them is an aquarium plant with light green leaves that have a reddish brown marbled pattern or one of small horizontal lines (see fig. 1).

Ottelia ulvifolia is a great eyecatcher or solitary plant for high aquaria.

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