Scientific name: Lagenandra ovata
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 30 - 90 cm (11.81 - 35.43 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 0 - 18°N (0 - 321.43ppm)
0°C 32°F30°C 86°F
Recommended temperature: 19 - 26 °C (66.2 - 78.8°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Runners
Origin (in the wild): Sri Lanka
How fast these plants grow: Normal
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Medium
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
This is a rhizome plant but it will also send out runners to produce young plantlets. Once each plantlet has produced roots they can be separated from the mother plant. It can also be propagated by dividing the rhizome to produce separate plants which can then be placed into the substrate ensuring that the rhizome is not completely buried.
This plant can grow to quite a height which makes it ideal for producing a back drop to the aquarium. They closely resemble Cryptocorynes but they do grow larger. The can be grown emersed as well as submerged, often some keepers will grow them on before placing them in the aquarium.