Orchid Lily

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Barclaya longifolia - Wallich, 1827
Orchid Lily

Red form of an unusual aquarium plant. Aqua Spot World

[edit] Overview

The Orchid Lily is an unusual plant indeed. The red form is more common than the green, and both have a reddish hue on the underside of their wavy-margined leaves. The plant grows in a rosette from a large corm that stores nutrients for growth.

Family: Nymphaeaceae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Orchid Lily is found in soft, acidic moving waters in areas of both sun and shade.

Maximum height: 80 cm (31 in)

Lighting: Medium to bright lighting.

Placement: Background or as specimen plant

Water: Freshwater 25 °C (298 K, 77 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Overview

The Orchid Lily is found in red and green forms. When settled into the aquarium this is a majestic plant that will reward all keeping efforts.

[edit] Feeding

Use a nutrient-rich substrate with additional fertilizer in the water column. Co2 is helpful but not critical.

[edit] Special Care

Add clay to the gravel substrate. Avoid moving the Orchid Lily as it tends to suffer from transplant shock, especially if it is moved during the resting period. After recovery from transplanting, however, it grows very well. Potting will delay rampant growth.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

New plants grow from seeds. If the corm produces more than one plant, it may be divided.

[edit] Notes

New leaf growth is slowed during flowering, so removal of the flower buds maintains the appearance of this showpiece plant. This plant has a relatively large footprint at maturity, so be prepared to afford it plenty of room. The red form requires more light than the green, but they are both in the moderate-light category. The green form is not as large as the red form and grows more slowly.

Reference: 101 Best Aquarium Plants
Image credit: ASW
Text credit: MES
Facts about Orchid LilyRDF feed
Common name Orchid Lily  +
Family Nymphaeaceae  +
Genus Barclaya  +
Image credit ASW  +
Lighting Medium to bright lighting.  +
Maximum height 31 in  +
Native range Southeast Asia  +, and New Guinea  +
Placement Background or as specimen plant  +
Reference 101 Best Aquarium Plants  +
Specific name longifolia  +
Text credit MES  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 298 K (25 °C, 77 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +