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Ludwigia Palustris Super Red

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Ludwigia palustris 'Super Red' is a popular and striking aquarium plant known for its vibrant red coloration. It is a cultivar of Ludwigia palustris, a species belonging to the family Onagraceae, native to the Americas. This particular cultivar has been selectively bred to enhance its red pigmentation, making it a highly sought-after choice among aquarists and aquatic plant enthusiasts.

  1. Appearance: Ludwigia palustris 'Super Red' typically features elongated leaves that range in color from deep red to burgundy. Under high light intensity and with the right nutrient balance, the plant can exhibit intense red hues, adding a striking contrast to aquarium landscapes.

  2. Habitat: Like its parent species, Ludwigia palustris 'Super Red' is adaptable to various aquatic environments. It can be found growing in marshes, swamps, and along the edges of ponds and streams. In aquariums, it thrives when provided with ample light, nutrient-rich substrate, and CO2 supplementation.

  3. Growth Habit: This cultivar grows as a perennial herbaceous plant and can be cultivated either submersed or emersed. In aquariums, it typically displays submerged growth, producing stems with alternating leaves. With proper care, it can grow rapidly and may require regular pruning to maintain its shape and prevent overcrowding.

  4. Cultural Uses: Ludwigia palustris 'Super Red' is highly valued in the aquarium hobby for its stunning appearance and ease of care. It is often used as a focal point or background plant in aquascaping layouts, where its intense red coloration creates a focal point and adds visual interest to the aquarium.

  5. Propagation: Propagation of Ludwigia palustris 'Super Red' is relatively straightforward and can be achieved through stem cuttings. Healthy stems can be trimmed and replanted in the substrate, where they will take root and continue to grow. Regular pruning helps promote branching and denser growth