Vallisneria tortifolia (common name: Twisted vallisneria, dwarf vallisneria)
Overview: Unlike Vallisneria gigantea, Vallisneria tortifolia is the dwarf species of Vallisneria. Native to Southeast Asia, Vallisneria tortifolia is an excellent choice of aquarium plants for small, unheated aquariums. Because of the small staure, Vallisneria tortifolia is ideal for midground aquascaping, instead of background. It propagates rapidly through runners, and is fairly undemanding in nature. True to it’s name, it has tightly coiled leaves.
Appearance: This dwarf species of Vallisneria has delicate tightly coiled leaves, which grow up to 10 inches in length in natural habitat, but grow only 6-8 inches in aquarium. The leaves are bushy in appearance.
Ideal water temperature conditions: Vallisneria tortifolia prefers tropical temperatures between 22 and 28 degree Celsius.
Hard/ soft plant: Soft plant
Lighting conditions: Vallisneria tortifolia prefers bright lighting synonymous with the tropical climate of it’s origin, Southeast Asia. It also tolerates moderate lighting levels, but exhibits slower growth.
Ideal pH conditions: Vallisneria tortifolia tolerates pH levels between 6.5 and 8.5.
Functions and advantages:
1) It’s bushy, coiled and short length leaves are ideal for mid-ground aquascaping.
Did you know? In comparison to most of the Vallisneria species, Vallisneria tortifolia is delicate and needs good lighting.