Rotala rotundifolia
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Rotala rotundifolia

Common Names: Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala indica
Dwarf rotala
Distribution: Southeast Asia
Description: This aquatic stem plant has delicate little leaves that can be green or pink depending on lighting. The leaves form at two per node and don't usually form close together except near the surface of the water under good lighting.
Potential Height: 50cm   (19.7")
Growth Rate: Fast
Care: Rotala rotundifolia is not picky, unlike some other Rotala species, and doesn't need the high tech setup to grow well. However to get its best growth and color, high light, CO2, and a good fertilizer schedule will help.
Difficulty: Easy
20°C - 28°C
68°F - 82°F
5 - 8
1 dH - 12 dH
Lighting: Will do well under medium lighting, but will grow mostly green. Under higher lighting, about three watts per gallon of flourescent light, this rotala species will grow pink and less leggy.
Propagation: Cuttings longer than three or four inches are best to ensure it an easy transition.
Comments: Rotala rotundifolia is willing, in good light, to form side shoots and grow very bushy. However, light can be blocked out to the bottom parts of the plant and cause it to decay. To prevent this, monitor the plant and prune when necessary.
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