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Hydrocotyle leucocephala
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Hydrocotyle leucocephala

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Hydrocotyle leucocephala, commonly known as Brazilian pennywort, is indeed a versatile and popular aquarium plant. Here's a summary of its key features and care requirements:

Key Characteristics:

  1. Habit: Upright or floating, with vine-like stems.
  2. Leaves: Light green, roundish leaves on tendril-like stems.
  3. Origin: Native to wet and boggy areas in Central and South America.
  4. Ease of Care: Not demanding, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced hobbyists.

Cultivation and Care:

  1. Growth Form: Grows upright or floating in submerged conditions. Emersed form is possible, showcasing a creeping land form with strong growth and numerous shoots.
  2. Water Parameters: Adaptable to a wide range of water parameters. Can thrive in various conditions, including high temperatures.
  3. Lighting: While it can tolerate lower light conditions, it displays its full potential under sufficient lighting.
  4. CO2 and Nutrients: Not highly demanding regarding CO2 concentration. Flourishes with CO2 injection and a good nutrient supply. Iron deficiency can be addressed by adding an iron fertilizer if yellowing of leaves occurs.
  5. Temperature: Tolerant of high temperatures, making it suitable for planted Discus tanks.
  6. Edible: Leaves are edible and have a slightly peppery taste, used as a spice or even in lemonade in some countries.


  1. Method: Easily propagated through lateral shoots. Cuttings can be taken and replanted in the substrate.
  2. Versatility: Highly versatile in its growth forms, lending itself to various aquascape designs.

Aquascape Usage:

  1. Placement: Suitable for accentuating driftwood or as a midground plant due to its tendril-like growth.
  2. Companion Plants: Compatible with a wide range of plants, especially Anubias species, providing a nice contrast with their dark green hues.

Hydrocotyle leucocephala's ease of care, adaptability, and versatility make it a popular choice for aquarium enthusiasts looking for an attractive and undemanding aquatic plant to enhance their setups.