New Aquarium Plants For 2010

Florida Aquatic Nurseries strives to bring several new true aquatic plants to the market every year and this year is no exception.  We are adding two new easy to grow aquarium plants sold as stem or bunch plants, Hydrotriche hottoniiflora and Myriophyllum mattogrossense.  In addition we are adding one new potted aquarium plant, Cryptocoryne parva.  Lastly, we are adding four new true aquatic bare root aquarium plants, Cryptocoryne parva, Cyperus helferi, Echinodorus angustifolia 'Vesuvius' and Vallisneria spiralis 'Leopard'.  Also, we are continuing to expand our planted aquarium driftwood line with plants like Lilaeopsis mauritiana and many more.

Cryptocoryne parva


Cryptocoryne parva
Cryptocoryne parva is one of the smallest growing Cryptocoryne varieties in the world.  Native to Sri Lanka, this excellent aquatic plant can be used as a foreground plant in the aquarium or as a midground aquarium plant.  Cryptocorynes are typically easy to maintain as aquarium plants and this is no exception.  Tolerating a wide range of lighting conditions from low to high it will flourish in the mid ranges.  The addition of Co2 could be helpful to spur on growth in the aquarium but is not necessary. 

Cyperus helferi

Cyperus helferi

Cyperus helferi is a relatively new aquarium plant. It was introduced to the trade in the early 90s by European growers. It’s a nice addition to the “grass” type aquatic plants because of it’s long narrow leaves that will flow and wave in current. It has a completely different look than other “grass” type aquarium plants because the plant eventually gets a full look do to basal reproduction. Most Cyperus species are marsh plants which can not be submerged for any length of time however this one is at home completely submerged in the aquarium. C. helferi reproduces by seeds and adventitious plants on the emersed flower stalk. Cyperus helferi should be available in June.

Echinodorus angustifolia 'Vesuvius'

Echinodorus angustifolia 'Vesuvius' derives its name from the curl of the leaves similarity to wisps of smoke off the top of Mount Vesuvius.  This exciting new aquarium plant is fast growing and spreads easily by runners.  For the aquarium hobbyist who has been looking for new varieties of Echinodorus this will be an outstanding addition.  Lighting conditions from low to high will work with the medium range being optimal in the aquarium. Echinodorus 'Vesuvius' should be available by June.

 

Echinodorus 'Altlandsberg'

Echinodorus 'Altlandsberg'

E. Altlandsberg is an exciting new Sword Plant with colorful leaves that will be a great addition to any aquarium. It is equally attractive both emersed and submersed. In the emersed form it displays several deep red veins running the full length of the leaf with the mid vein being the most prominent. The leaf color is a tan to green and cordiform in shape. The emersed growth form of this aquarium plant is very compact, which makes a nice potted plant. It also flowers profusely in this form and exhibits an inflorescence with numerous large delicate white flowers and eventually plantlets.  The submersed form is equally attractive, however much different. The leaves are darker tan in color and the deep red veins are not as pronounced in the aquarium. The leaves are larger and more delicate and are slightly wavy. The submersed form is compact and relatively slow growing eventually obtaining a large size fitting of center piece plant for the aquarium. Like most Sword plants in the aquarium it will eventually put out surface leaves and an inflorescence on the surface.  This plant was hybridized by Tomas Kaliebe from Germany and is new to the American market.

Echinodorus 'Frans Stoffels'

Echinodorus ‘Frans Stoffels’ is a strikingly beautiful and unique new sword plant. In the submersed form it has wide light green leaves that undulate slightly. The new leaves have a maroon blush to them that add to the overall appearance. This is a fast grower and obtains a large size rather quickly in the aquarium. It flowers well both submerged and emerged. In the submerged form the flower stalks are sent above the water. These inflorescences are covered with large delicate white flowers and plantlets form rather quickly thereafter. In the emersed form the aquatic plant is almost equally attractive. The leaves are green with maroon veins emanating from the bottom upward. These maroon portions are wider than the vein which gives this aquarium plants its attractive and unique look. The maroon color disappears as the leaf matures. E. ‘Frans Stoffels is a strong and  fast grower in the emersed form. It flowers readily and produces many plantlets.  This aquarium plant was hybridized by Thomas Kaliebe of Germany. It should be available by June, 2010

Echinodorus 'Kleiner Prinz'

Echinodorus ‘Kleiner Prinz’ is a unique new sword plant for the aquarium.  The name Kleiner Prinz means small prince in German and this is truly a small prince of a plant. Obtaining only about 12 inches at maturity it is truly one of the smallest of all the swords making for an excellent aquarium plant. It forms a compact rosette and holds many leaves. The leaves are medium width and are a deep reddish maroon color. E. ‘Kleiner Prinz’ flowers underwater and plantlets form on the inflorescence underwater. In the emersed form the aquatic plant is small and nondescript. The leaves are light green and rarely does the plant get more than 8 to 10 inches tall. It does flower reasonably well in the emersed form but it is not considered prolific. This aquarium plant was hybridized by Thomas Kaliebe of Germany. It should be available by June of 2010

Echinodorus 'Tanzende Feuerfeder'

Echinodorus ‘Tanzende Feuerfeder’ is a unique and beautiful new sword plant for the aquarium. It has long fairly narrow leaves that are dark green in color. The new leaves are maroon with splashes of darker maroon turning green with age. E. ‘Tanzende Feuerfeder’ is a fast growing aquarium plant and obtains a large size. This plant is a prolific bloomer, more so than most swords, and produces a branched inflorescence. The inflorescence is covered with large delicate white flowers and plantlets form quickly. E. ‘Tanzende Feuerfeder’ flowers equally well submersed or emersed. The emersed form of this aquarium plant is also a strong plant and a fast grower. This plant was hybridized by Thomas Kaliebe of Germany.  It should be available by 2010

Hottonia palustris

Hottonia palustris is a very decorative stem plant for the aquarium. It has light green pinnate leaves and looks similar to a species of Myriophyllum. It needs cooler temperatures that don’t exceed 25 degrees. Under heavy light the aquatic plant will branch heavily especially near its base. It has been a mainstream aquarium plant in Europe for years but for various reasons it has not been produced commercially in the US. It is a fast grower and must be trimmed frequently like most stem plants in the aquarium. It is native to Europe and northern Asia where it grows as a marsh plant. It is relatively strong grower in the emersed stage.  Hottonia can also be use as a water garden plant is very decorative growing around he edge of the pond in shallow water.

Hydrotriche hottoniiflora

Hydrotriche hottoniiflora

Hydrotriche hottoniiflora is a fast growing aquatic plant native to Madagascar.  It's thin needle like leaves are arranged in whorls on the stem creating a delicate looking texture in the aquarium. Relatively easy to grow as an aquarium plant it prefers medium to high amounts of light.  The addition of CO2 would be helpful in achieving its maximum performance.  Don't be surprised if you see its light yellow flowers above the water surface as this is a prolific bloomer.

Myriophyllum mattogrossense

Myriophyllum mattogrossense

Myriophyllum mattogrossense is an easy to grow aquatic plant native to Central and South America.  It has a tendency to grow more horizontally than most stem plants creating a different look in the planted aquarium.  It will take all ranges of light from low to high and CO2 is not a necessary addition.  Great for beginners because of its ease to grow, Myriophyllum mattogrossense is also popular among the advanced aquarium hobbyists.

 

Vallisneria spiralis 'Leopard'

Vallisneria spiralis 'Leopard'

Vallisneria spiralis 'Leopard' is a great cultivar from Vallisneria spiralis. Its leaves are wider than its parent and it has slight dark spots or stripes through the leaves. This is an excellent aquarium plant with good vigor that will be happy in low to high lighting conditions.  Add CO2 to your aquarium if you would like to see how fast it can grow.
 

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