Sword Frans Stoffels (Echinodorus Sp. Frans Stoffels)

Sword Frans Stoffels (Echinodorus Sp. Frans Stoffels)
Plant Type:
20-50 cm
Carbon Dioxide (CO2):
10 to 40 mg/l
15 to 30 °C / 20 to 28 °C

Echinodorus Frans Stoffels is a strikingly lovely and rare new sword plant. In its submersed form, it has wide light green leaves that undulate slightly. The brand new leaves have a maroon blush to them that add to the general look. This is a quick grower, and obtains a massive size as quickly inside the aquarium. It produces flowers nicely both submerged and emerged.

In the submerged form, the flower stalks are sent above the water. These inflorescences are protected with large, sensitive white flowers, and plantlets form alternatively quickly thereafter.

In the emersed form, the aquatic plant is equally appealing. The leaves are green with maroon veins emanating from the bottom upward. These maroon portions are wider than the vein, which gives this aquarium plant its attractive and unique appearance. The maroon color disappears once the leaf matures. E. Frans Stoffels is a strong and fast grower in the emersed form. It flowers readily and produces many plantlets. This aquarium plant was hybridized with the aid of Thomas Kaliebe of Germany.