Echinodorus palaefolius

Echinodorus palaefolius (family Alismataceae) is a very tall delicate plant with very tall thin petioles and spear shaped leaf blades. This plant normally tries to grow out of the aquarium but can be kept aquatic by removing the new tall leaves, this seems to dwarf the next few leaves a bit. This is a fast growing plant so demands a good fertile substrate and a good light source. Echinodorus palaefolius flowers if left to grow through the surface and plantlets are formed on the flower stalks like the other species of Echinodorus.