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Marsilea Hirsute

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Family: Marsileceae
Common Name: Marsilea
Maximum Height: 2 inches to 4 inches
Leaf Size: ¼ inch
Stem Thickness: 1/20 inch
Light: Moderate to High
Temperature: 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
pH: 5.0 to 7.5
Origin: Australia
Water Hardness: Soft to Slightly Hard
Nutrients: Ample Nutrients
Relative Growth 


Slow; Moderate under strong light and high nutrient levels.


Marsilea hirsute has clover-like leaves on a single stem and the stems grow out from a single main stem that can lay along the substrate like a runner, or climb to the top of an aquarium-like a stem plant. It usually grows single leaves on a stem, but can develop two, three or four-lobed leaves. The leaf stems will tend to stay short if the plant has plenty of light but will grow longer if the plant needs to reach for more light. While it grows slowly at first, once it has taken hold in an aquarium it can spread rapidly, sending outside stems as runners. If kept trimmed it can make an excellent deep ground cover, but otherwise, it can eventually fill an entire aquarium with a dense mesh of growth. It is relatively hardy and a good choice for ground cover for a beginner aquatic gardener, although, experienced aquascapers can use it to good effect.



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