Described by Engler, 1905
Etymology: Cryptocoryne comes from Greek: kryptos = hidden, and koryne = club, in reference to the spadix (a fleshy spike of tiny flowers, usually enclosed in a spathe) which is characteristic of the flowers in this genus. Usteriana refers to the German botanist A. Usteri (1869-1948).
Family: Araeae (arum family-Calla Lily)
Temperature: 22-26°C (72-79°F)
pH: 6 to 7.8, it likes harder water than many other Crypts.
Height: up to 76 cm. (30”)
Positioning in Tank: Background
There are 4 slightly different plants that are known as Cryptocoryne usteriana; Bogner, Bednii, Christensen and Morco. They refer to different collections. One is a collection by Joseph Bogner on Guimaras Island, Philippines in 1983. The second collection was shipped by Alexei Bednii from Russia from an unknown locale. The third was a collection by Claus Chrisensen from or near to Cebu; a province in the Philippines. The last one is a collection by Morco, again from Guimaras Island. All the locales do very well in an aquarium. I am unsure what collection I have but I suspect it may be the Bogner collection, but I have no proof of this. I am only going on the appearance of the plant.
For a long time it was
thought that C. usteriana was a
synonym of C. aponogetifolia. The
Bogner collection proved that they were indeed two separate species. The basic distinguishing characteristics are
that C. aponogetifolia have green leaves and C. usteriana has red
underneath the leaves.
Fast forward a year or so and the tank is jam packed full of this Cryptocoryne. There’s barely enough room for the fish to swim in. This plant obviously enjoys the tank it was placed into. There are enough plants that I occasionally find baby fish in the tank that evade their hungry parents. The tank has Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi in it. The substrate is a small grain gravel. There is a Hydrosponge filter in the tank. I don’t add any nutrients for the plants at all. The lighting on the tank is a double fluorescent setup. I finally got the plant Ided as Cryptocoryne usteriana.
This plant is really neat with the dual coloured leaves that are really crinkly giving it texture and visual appeal.<>© Copyright 2012 Lisa Boorman
Aquarium Plants : Their Identification, Cultivation and Ecology by Karel Rataj & Thomas J. Horeman
Aquarium Plants Manual by Ines Scheurmann
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