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Asian Ambulia

Scientific Name: Limnophila sessiliflora
Family: Scrophulariaceae,

About the Asian Ambulia

Species Type: Freshwater Plants
Category: Stem

Care Level: Very Easy. Adaptable, will tolerate soft or hard water, low light, very minimal or no additional fertilization. pH 6.0 to 8.0 and GH up to 20 degrees/350ppm.

Origin: southeast Asia

Physical Description

Lower lighting (around 2 watts per gallon) and CO2 addition will produce more attractive and compact growth. Its main nutritional needs are good amounts of traces, especially iron supplementation, to keep this plant in good health. Higher lighting and lots of micronutrient supplementation cause this plant to develop reddish hues on the top.The pruning of L. sessiliflora is similar to many other stem plants. Topping and replanting is the best method. Letting it reach the surface allows it to produce many side shoots where it will readily produce emergent growth. This plant grows like the weed it is, so frequent pruning will be necessary (especially in high light aquariums). The development of flowers is rare, but the single blue, violet, pink or lavender flowers are produced on the emergent part of the stem.

One bit of information worth mentioning about Limnophila sessiliflora is that it has been listed as a federal noxious weed in the U.S., thus making it dangerous to natural habitats. Its use, should be well guarded in that it does not find its way into its non native waterways.

Sources:

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/plantfinder/details.php?id=36

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limnophila_sessiliflora

http://www.eppo.int/QUARANTINE/Alert_List/invasive_plants/Limnophila_sessiliflora.htm

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fw025


Ideal position in aquarium

Due to the very fast growth rate and the bushy nature it is best if placed in the backround, however under higher light 2WPG+ the plant will get more tall than bushy and reach for the lights. To help combat this and to encourage a more bushy growth avid trimming is reccomended at the top of the plant.

Lighting requirements

Will tolerate anything from less than 1WPG to over 3WPG, with higher light you will see leggy appearance but can be trained with avid trimming.

Growth rate

Slow

Minimum Tank Suggestion

20+

Ideal water parameters for Asian Ambulia

This plant will tolerate pretty much anything and has no problems adapting to what ever your water paramiters may be. 5.5-8


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