Utricular graminifolia: contents. Description, photo, video.
Utricular Graminifolia (Utricularia graminifolia, pemphigus travifolia) belongs to the family Lentibulariaceae (pemphigus) and comes from Southeast Asia. Very unusual and interesting aquarium plant. Probably many have heard of the existence of insectivorous plants. As a rule, they grow on land and catch mainly flying insects. So,utricular graminifolia - an aquatic insectivorous plant that feeds on small insects that occasionally fall into its traps - bubbles, due to which,utricularia got its Russian name - pemphigus, which speaks for itself.
All plant species belonging to this family, both aquatic and marsh, are insectivores.
Regarding the conditions of detention,utricularia very controversial. It can behave like a whimsical aquarium plant, and can grow in very harsh conditions. One thing can be said - this plant can take root for a long time to new conditions. But afterutricularia takes root and adapts to the conditions in the aquarium, grows without problems, even if the conditions worsen for a long time. He loves iron very much, therefore, in addition to the standard set of fertilizers, additional iron is necessary. It is not pretentious to the level of lighting in the aquarium - as 0.5 watt / l so 1 watt / l is acceptable for it. But in the shade the leaves of the utricular whiten. It is sufficient to maintain the CO2 concentration at a level that provides a pH of no higher than 7.5, but at the planting stage of utricularia, it is recommended to bring the CO2 concentration to at least 20 mg / l for its better survival.
You need to know that the utility of graminifolia does not tolerate transplants very well, and even more so, a cardinal change in conditions of detention. In this case, the plant practically stops growing and may remain in this state for quite some time. After a period of adaptation, the utricularia begins to develop rapidly. Clinging to all the decorative elements of the aquarium with its branches, soon a beautiful glade of pemphigus forms on these places.
In general, the plant is quite interesting and is able to present the internal design of the aquarium in a new light.