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Cryptocoryne wendtii tropica
beautiful variety with the dark, hammered leaves is named after 'Tropica'. When
grown in an open space the leaves will virtually lie on the bottom. It is
suitable for small aquariums. Like most other Sri Lanka Cryptocorynes, it also
grows well in hard water.
(water trumpet) is a genus of about 50-60 species of aquatic monocot plants from
the family Araceae (arums). The genus is naturally distributed in tropical
regions of Asia and New Guinea.
The typical habitats of Cryptocoryne are
mostly streams and rivers with not too rapidly flowing water, in the lowland
forest. They also live in seasonally inundated forest pools or on river banks
submerged only at high water. Although the proper scientific name of the genus
is Cryptocoryne, they are commonly referred to as crypts. The English name
"water trumpet" refers to their inflorescence, a spadix enclosed by a spathe
(typical for the whole family), which resembles a trumpet.
Cryptocoryne species was described in 1779 as Arum spirale by Retzius. The genus
was described by Friedrich Ernst Ludwig von Fischer in 1828. However, the
scientific classification of Cryptocoryne species is very complicated and there
are different opinions about it. Lagenandra is another genus closely related to
the genus Cryptocoryne.
Cultivation and uses
trumpets are popular commercially cultivated aquarium plants. Submersed plants
reproduce vegetatively, emersed plants may flower and reproduce sexually. Many
species are cultivated only by dedicated experts and are very hard to grow, or
not in a culture at all. Some species are endangered because their natural
habitats are disappearing. On the other hand, some water trumpets (eg.
Cryptocoryne beckettii) are very hardy aquarium plants, easy to grow to the
point that they have become an invasive species after being introduced to
Florida in North America.
Some of the Cryptocorynes are generally the
easier ones to keep (in fact, some species (Cryptocorynes wendtii) are said to
be among the most versatile of aquarium plants); they require low to moderate
light (but can grow faster in more intense light), a temperature range of around
20 to 33 °C, and slightly acidic or neutral pH, though they can adapt to higher
pH as well. In contrast to accepted aquarium wisdom, it thrives well in
Plants of the Genus Cryptocoryne, which range from
India to New Guinea are found in very diverse conditions. Some are true acid
loving plants such as C. grabowski, found in peat bogs in Borneo, while others
such as C. balansae and C. pontiderifolia are found in streams with limestone
beds - hard alkaline water. One species, C. ciliata is even found in semi
brackish water in some areas. It is one of the few aquarium plants that
tolerates salt concentrations that would almost certainly kill other aquarium
Plants of the Genus Cryptocoryne, which range from India to New
Guinea are found in very diverse conditions. Some are true acid loving plants
such as C. grabowski, found in peat bogs in Borneo, while others such as C.
balansae and C. pontiderifolia are found in streams with limestone beds - hard
alkaline water. One species, C. ciliata is even found in semi brackish water in
some areas. It is one of the few aquarium plants that tolerates salt
concentrations that would almost certainly kill other aquarium
There has been an extensive revision of the Genus by Jacobsen and
many names aquarists are familiar with have been changed. Crypts also have an
annoying (to taxonomists!) tendency to hybridize freely in nature and there are
a handfull of "species" found in nature that are hybrids. Add to this the
situation where some species have a multitide of natural cultivars (C. wendtii)
and the fact they can only be properly identified by the flowering spathe - and
they seldom flower in aquaria - it makes it difficult to identify some species
solely on appearance.
Cryptocoryne plants have been in cultivation in the
aquarium hobby since the late 18th century, although it was not until the 1960s
that more than a handful of species were known and they could not be called
common in the hobby until then.
As of this writing (2006) there are still
a couple of new species found per year for the past few years as interest in
these plants widens and more collections expeditions by private parties
||Crytocoryne wendtii 'Tropica'
||20 - 30 °C (68 - 86 °F)
||6 - 8
||Very Low - High
||Crypt will be shipped with leaves removed, as the leaves will melt off in your tank due to different water parameters. New leaves will grow in 1 to 2 weeks time.
A healthy stump is firm upon arrival. Gently plant it into the substrate with tweezers and leave it alone for 2 weeks. Avoid drastic changes to water parameters, as it is trying to adapt to the new environment.