Rotala hippuris

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

Central and und South Japan

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Rotála hippúris Makino

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Myrtales
Family: Lythraceae
Genus: Rotala


Rotala hippuris comes from central and southern Japan. This plant resembles the submersed form of R. wallichii, however, it develops larger sprouts and reddish-brown stems.
It was brought onto the market under the trade name

"Pogostemon stellatus 'Superfine'", amongst others.

R. hippuris is also quite similar to Rotala sp. "Vietnam", and it has to be clarified whether these two plants are identical.

- To be continued -

References and further reading:
  1. Contribution about Rotala hippuris on (, accessed 28 September 2012)
  2. Thread about Rotala hippuris on (, accessed 28 September 2012)
  3. Kasselmann, Christel (2010): Aquarienpflanzen. 3rd edition. DATZ Aquarienbuch, Ulmer Verlag.
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