Limnophila fragrans

Limnophila fragrans

General information : The local common name is Vicks plant, that refers to the aromatic odour of the crushed leaves. It is the smallest member of the NT Limnophilas, it is also the one that is least likey to be found growing submerged. It usually grows on the margins of top end water courses. The form under cultivation was found growing submerged in the Habgood River. The Habgood River is spring fed and has very soft extremely clear water.

Cultivation notes : It does best in an aquarium with CO2 fertilization and pH control. The water quality conditions for this plant under cultivation are pH 7, KH 60ppm, GH 50ppm temperature 27 deg C. It requires plenty of light and grows slowly under water.

Distribution : Found in the tropical areas of NT, Qld and WA. Also found in New Guinea and other nearby Islands.

Selling details : Sold as a bunch of cut stems tied at the base.

Reference : Cowie, Short, Osterkamp_Madsen (2000) "Floodplain Flora, a flora of the floodplain of the Northern Territory, Australia"