Small Mud Mat
General information: Also known as spoon-leaf mud mat, the form cultured is tropical, from a little piece collected on the Durack River in the Kimberley region of WA. It has been seen growing on the earth margins of creeks and rivers with some submerged and some on the edge of the water. The places where it has been observed were all in full sun for most of the day.
Cultivation notes : It is cultured submerged in shallow water under 70% shade cloth. 70% of the Darwin tropical sun is about 75,000 lux . Therefore in an aquarium it will require very high light levels. Attempts to cultivate it in aquaria without metal halide lighting have not been successful. It does not seem fussy about nutrients or water quality, seems to do better in CO2 fertilisation.
Distribution : All mainland Australian states, India, Asia, Africa
Selling details : Sold in lots of 100 plants washed free of soil.
Reference: Sainty & Jacobs ( 1981 ) "Waterplants of New South Wales". Wheeler (1992) "Flora of the Kimberley Region"