Ashy Pipewort

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Eriocaulon cinereum - (R. Brown, 1810)
Ashy Pipewort

Ashy Pipewort is an excellent, low-growing foreground plant. Jeff Ucciardo

[edit] Overview

This tiny plant is a newcomer to the aquarium scene, and is as useful as it is unusual. The rosette shape and strange matchhead-like flower make it welcome in the foreground of high-tech aquaria.

Family: Eriocaulaceae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Marshes and bogs.

Maximum height: 8 cm (3 in)

Lighting: Intense.

Water: Freshwater 17 °C (290 K, 63 °F) - 25 °C (298 K, 77 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Fine and fertile substrate, macro and micro nutrients, and CO2 supplementation.

[edit] Special Care

This is a high-needs plant, but well worth the extra effort required to provide the brightest light and quality nourishment. pH: moderately acidic; hardness, moderately soft.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Division of the rosette. When the plant is ready to divide, the leaves of the rosette will seem crowded and will be growing in different directions. Uproot the plant and on examination, there will be two (or more) distinct plants. Sever the rosettes with a sharp tool and return the new plants to the aquarium.

[edit] Notes

This plant grows slowly but steadily from a large set of roots. Use a fine, deep, and fertile substrate to encourage spreading of the roots, which will lead to increased propagation opportunities. When the Ashy Pipewort is in good condition and its needs for light, carbon dioxide, and fertilizer are being met, it will send up its unusual flower shoots from a yellowish center.

Reference: 101 Best Aquarium Plants
Image credit: JU
Text credit: MES
Facts about Ashy PipewortRDF feed
Common name Ashy Pipewort  +
Family Eriocaulaceae  +
Genus Eriocaulon  +
Image credit JU  +
Lighting Intense.  +
Maximum height 3 in  +
Native range Southeast Asia  +
Reference 101 Best Aquarium Plants  +
Specific name cinereum  +
Text credit MES  +
Water max temp 298 K (25 °C, 77 °F)  +
Water min temp 290 K (17 °C, 63 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +