The Rarest Live Freshwater Aquarium Plants For Cover The Substrates Ranalisma Rostratum
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The Rarest Live Freshwater Aquarium Plants For Cover The Substrates “Ranalisma Rostratum”

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The Rarest Live Freshwater Aquarium Plants For Cover The Substrates “Ranalisma Rostratum” – The Ranalisma Rostratum is one of the rare foreground aquarium plants in the aquaria world. This ground cover aquarium plant is a frog-spoon plant native from subtropical and tropical Asia.

This freshwater aquatic plant is still very rarest and hard to find in the trade and seldom seen in the planted tank hobby. Besides it, their name is frequently spelled as “Ranalisma rostrata,” which is grammatically totally wrong, making them more elusive to eager by the aquarist.

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For some time, the Ranalisma Rostratum name was used for another aquatic plant, ” Helantium Tenellum ‘Parvulum,’ “but it was mistaken. Although In the aquarium magazines, it was mentioned that Helanthium Tenellum (now known as Echinodorus Tenellus) had been identified as “Ranalisma Rostratum” by the DNA analysis. But this analysis is totally incorrect and perhaps based on a misunderstanding.

 

The Rarest Live Freshwater Aquarium Plants For Cover The Substrates “Ranalisma Rostratum”

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This grass aquarium plant is unique, and when they are totally grown submerged, they appear absolutely distinct with the emersed form.

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Their leaves will turn into very narrow blades in the water, similar to a grass-like plant. They have a bright green color and are closely similar to other popular tropical aquarium grass plants, that as Helantium Parvulum. So it’s why the Helantium Parvulum was used their name in the trade.

 

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In the emersed form, the Ranalisma Rostratum will have much rounder leaves. Their leaf stalk can reach 12 – 32 cm long, and their leaf blades 3 – 4.5 cm long and 3 – 3.5 wide.

 

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According to the report of the “Flora Of China,”; when they are cultivated, their leaves are regularly much smaller. They also have a tip of the leaf that is somewhat pointed (subacute), and its bases are weakly hear-shaped (subcordate).

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Besides above, when they grow emersed, they tend to have small sprouts and produce small white flowers that bear the fruits. Their fruits are peculiar and seen as a little hedgehog.

 

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To provide the optimum conditions in submerged form, they should be supplied with substrates with rich-nutrients, used high lighting aquarium, CO2 injection, and regularly fertilizing.

Same as another rosette plant species, they can plant in groups by themself. This ground cover aquarium plant’s propagation is simple, just separating the runners and re-planting them into high-quality aquarium substrates. And don’t forget to use the aquarium tweezers to put them into the substrates easily.

Plant Profile:

  • Major group: Seed plants: flowering plants (angiosperms)
  • Order: Alismatales – frog-spoon-like
  • Family: Alismataceae – frog-spoon family
  • Genus: Ranalisma
  • Botanical Name: Ranalísma rostrátum Stapf
  • Common Name: Ranalisma Rostratum, Ranalisma Rostrata
  • Synonyms Name: Echinodorus rostratus (Stapf) Gagnepain (1929), not (Nuttall) Engelmann ex A. Gray (1848), Echinodorus ridleyi Steenis
  • Origin: Tropical And Subtropical Asia
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Growth: Fast
  • Lighting Needs: Medium – High
  • Temperature Tolerance: 20 – 28° C
  • Nitrate: 10-50 mg/l
  • Phosphate: 0.1-3 mg/l
  • Potassium: 5-30 mg/l
  • Iron: 0.01-0.5 mg/l
  • Propagation: Trim and plant runners
  • Plant Type: Rosette
  • Can grow emersed?: Yes
  • Suitable for Beginners: No
  • Availability: Occasionally Available In Stores
  • Potioning In Aquarium: Foreground, Ground Cover, Midground

 

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