© Tim Gross (2006)

Rotala rotundifolia 'Colorata'

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

exact locality unknown; likely tropical or subtropical Asia


Height: 20 - 80 cm
Width: 2 - 5 cm

Synonyms: 
  • Rotala sp. 'Colorata'

Misapplied names: 
  • Rotala indica

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Rotála rotundifólia (Buch.-Ham. ex Roxb.) Koehne

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

Description: 

This plant was introduced with the name Rotala sp. 'Colorata' and is apparently a form of the very variable species R. rotundifolia. There are several forms of R. rotundifolia in trade that attain a more or less intensive red colour when cultivated submersed, e.g. the plants erroneously sold under the name "Rotala indica". R. rotundifolia 'Colorata' turns a reddish hue even under moderate light. Under strong light it develops a pretty red coloration.

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