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    Limnophila hippuridoides is a beautiful stem plant from the Malayan peninsula, often erroneously called Limnophila aromatica that is a closely related species. However it differs from L. aromatica by considerably more than three leaves per whorl. Its shoots are about 6-10 cm wide. The submerged leaves are reddish to intensely dark red with purplish tones on the underside. Contrasting with the leaves, the stemis mostly light green. Limnophila hippuridoides is usually delivered in its terrestrial (emersed) form, with rather green leaves. Planted under water, the plant will develop its colourful submerged shoots.

    Intense lighting and a good nutrient and CO2 supply are important for the well-being of this plant. Soft to medium-hard water is recommended, temperatures between about 22 and 27 °C are optimal. It is propagated by cuttings.

    This strong, fast-growing Limnophila is a true eye-catcher as an about 20-50 cm tall group in the midground or background of a larger aquarium.

    Limnophila hippuridoides is a marshweed found under various names in trade for several years: "Limnophila aromatica", "L. aromaticoides", "L. hippuroides" (incorrectly written) and even "Gratiola officinalis" (a totally different species). L. hippuridoides is native to the Malayan peninsula (Malakka). It is closely related to L. aromatica and L. aromaticoides. In botanical literature it has hitherto been treated as species in its own right. It mainly differs from the other two species in flower and fruit characteristics, however, there are also some differences to be observed in the submersed forms (according to Kasselmann 2010generalreferences#1):

    - Limnophila aromatica: 2-3 leaves per stem node, of variable colour, reddish hues or green (very variable species).

    - Limnophila aromaticoides (often treated as synonym of L. (read more)

    Misapplied names Limnophila aromatica, Gratiola officinalis
    Trader names Limnophila hippuroides gratiola sp.
    Complete botanical name LimnĂłphila hippuridoĂ­des Philcox
    Family Plantaginaceae
    Genus Limnophila
    Difficulty medium
    Usage Accent (red), Background, Midground
    Aquascaping very colourful plant for accents
    Growth fast
    pH value 6 - 7
    Temperature tolerance 15 - 30°C
    Carbonate hardness 2 - 12°dKH
    General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
    Propagation Cuttings
    Can grow emersed? yes
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