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Cryptocoryne balansae

Origin: Thailand

This plant is similar to C. affinis but its leaves are much longer, elongated, and highly indented. They may grow up to 16 in (40 cm), although 12 in (30 cm) is more usual. The plant does well in moderate lighting and hard water and is easier to care for as it becomes established.

Maximum height: 14 in (35 cm) Growth rate: Medium

Area: Midground, Foreground, Specimen, or unusual

Light: Undemanding, but does better in bright light

Propagation: From runners

Difficulty: 2, 3

Scientific name:

Cryptocoryne beckettii

Common name: Beckett's cryptocoryne Origin: Sri Lanka

The large leaves of this cryptocoryne are an interesting olive-green color that contrasts well with other plants. Once established, the thick, bushy plant produced from adventitious plantlets often looks best on its own in the foreground or with other cryptocorynes. A nutrient-rich and heated substrate will improve growth.

Maximum height: 6 in (15 cm)

Growth rate: Medium

Area: Midground, Foreground Light: Moderate to Bright Temperature: 77-82°F (25-28°C) Propagation: Adventitious plantlets Difficulty: 1, 2

The leaves and stems have a solid appearance and provide hiding spots for small, bottom-dwelling fish.

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Above: The more compact cryptocorynes are ideal midground and foreground subjects. With olive-green above and red beneath, the leaves of these cryptocorynes are a good foil for the bright green foliage of other plants.

Leaves and/or stems that grow away from the main plant are an indication that the plant is large enough to be divided at the center and replanted as two separate plants.

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