Green Barclaya Longifolia (Rare)

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Plant info

Type: Onion/bulb
Origin: Asia
Growth rate: Medium
Height: 15 – 30+
Light demand: Medium
CO2 : Low

Note: Price is for a small bulb. 

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Description

Common Name: Barclaya Longifolia

Barclaya is a rather uncommon bulbaceous aquatic plant.  Its long green leaves can grow into a large and stunning specimen when planted along with red stem and carpet plants.  Under high light and with the addition of CO2 and fertilizers, the underside leaves can get a hue of red color.  Although it can grow in lower light, the leaves tend to be light green.

It’s simple to grow, yet has not appeared in many tanks due to an apparent lack of supply. The leaves have been known to grow to 81cm/32” in length, with a wavy pattern to the edges, but the green form is not as large as the red.

The plant prefers a soft acidic water, both in full sun or partial shade. The water needs movement, but not a torrent, and it can be found in the slack waters of New Guinea and many parts of South-East Asia. In the aquarium it requires medium to bright lighting, especially the red form, but the green will survive and retain its coloration in either.

Water must be between 22-32°C/72-90°F with pH acid to neutral and must be soft as this plant will not survive in full hardness water. RO units or peat filtration will be needed to enjoy this specimen at full potential.

Barclaya longifolia is a corm, or bulbous-based plant, and this is where it stores food. It likes a good nutritious substrate, ideally clay based, but will survive in gravel or sand as long as it’s surrounded by a bed of clay-based nutrients.

Planting is simple. Put the corm half in the substrate and half out, laying it on its side.

Water column feeding is also required, with trace elements as a bare minimum. CO2 is not required, although it grows better with pressurised gas systems.

This plant suffers from melt, like crypt melt, so, once planted, don’t move it unless necessary. If the plant suffers melt when you first get it, normally from extended transit, don’t despair. It will go into a period of dormancy but grow back strongly, being known for rapid rampant growth.

 

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