Scientific name: Proserpinaca palustris
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 10 - 40 cm (3.94 - 15.75 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 0 - 12°N (0 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 15 - 28 °C (59 - 82.4°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Lateral shoots
Origin (in the wild): Central America
How fast these plants grow: Fast
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
North and Central America
This plant propagates by sending out lateral shoots. These can be removed and the cuttings can then be re-planted in the substrate taking care not to damage the stems. The shoots will then grow their own root system to become new plants.
This plant displays a beautiful copper colouration which makes a great contrast to other green foliage. The plant can vary depending on which locality it has been collected from. To get the best growth they do demand a high lighting system or the lower leaves may drop from the stems. It can be grown emersed or submerged; the only difference with either will be the colouration of the leaves.