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Madagascar Lace Plant - Aponogeton madagascariensis


Madagascar Lace Plant
Bild: Maike Wilstermann-Hildebrand

Synonyms: Aponogeton fenestralis (Pers.) Hook.f., Aponogeton fenestralis var. major Baum, Aponogeton guillotii Hochr., Aponogeton henkelianus Baum, Aponogeton madagascariensis var. henkelianus (Baum) H.Bruggen, Aponogeton madagascariensis var. major (Baum) H.Bruggen, Hydrogeton fenestralis Pers., Ouvirandra bernieriana Hook., Ouvirandra fenestralis (Pers.) Poir.

Plant Family: Aponogetonaceae

Origin: Madagascar and Mauritius

Description: The plants are 30-70 cm high. The leaves are noticeably broken like a lattice. The leaves are oval to lanceolate , up to 50 cm long and 15 cm wide. The petioles are between 10 and 20 cm long. The tuber is cylindrical. It is 1 to 10 cm long and 2 cm in diameter. She often looks like something has been cut off at the bottom. The flower buds are surrounded by a spathe during their development. The self-fertile flowers are arranged in 2 to 4 (rarely to 6) 5 to 7 cm long ears per inflorescence. The petals are white to red.

Temperature: 18-22 C (short term to 24 C) or 24 to 26 C depending on the origin

Light requirements: medium to much, depending on the temperature

Water hardness: 2-12 KH

Soil: loose, nutritious

Propagation: seeds

Use: Solitary plant, eye-catcher

Special: Aponogeton magagascariensis is one of the oldest aquarium plants ever. The species was introduced to Europe in 1855.

Nomenclature: The genus name Aponogeton was awarded in 1782 by Carl Linnaeus the Younger in Supplementum Plantarum, 32, p. As a type species he chose Aponogeton monostachyon L. f., A name that today is a synonym of Aponogeton natans . The genus name is a transformation of Potamogeton (pondweed).

Assessment: The culture of this plant is in principle not difficult and seed multiplication can succeed. The prerequisite is that the plant can find suitable conditions and can grow undisturbed. There are different origins from cold and warm waters, which are equally suitable for aquariums.

More information in the Aqua Planta:
H. W. E. van Bruggen (1988): Das Pflanzenportrt: Aponogeton madagascariensis.- Aqua Planta 2-1988, 61
A. J. Albers (1988): Die Kultur und Vermehrung der Gitterpflanze Aponogeton madagascariensis (Mirbel) H. Bruggen.- Aqua Planta 2-1988, 49
H. W. E. van Bruggen (1998): Drei Varietten der Gitterpflanze, Aponogeton madagascariensis (Mirbel) H. W. E. van Bruggen.- Aqua Planta 1 - 1998, 3

Text from: Maike Wilstermann-Hildebrand