Rotala rotundifolia "H'Ra" ("Gia Lai")

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background, Midground
Difficulty: easy
Growth: fast
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Fundort: H'Ra in der Provinz Gia Lai (Zentral-Vietnam)

Height: 20 - 80 cm
Width: 2 - 5 cm

Availability [?]: 
  • occasionally available commercially
  • occasionally available from other aquarists

  • Rotala sp. "Gia Lai"
  • Rotala sp. "H'Ra"

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


This plant, introduced as Rotala sp. "H'Ra", belongs to the very variable species Rotala rotundifolia. It apparently was named after the hamlet H'Ra in Gia Lai province in the central highland of Vietnam. It is also sometimes called Rotala sp. "Gia Lai", after the province.

This plant closely resembles Rotala rotundifolia "Colorata", however, when cultivated under the same conditions, its submersed form is of a more orange colour and a bit narrower leaves, and a more overhanging or horizontal growth habit. The same growth habit can be observed in Rotala rotundifolia "Green", which mainly differs from R. rotundifolia "H'Ra" by its exclusively light green colour.

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