Echinodorus grisebachii

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Amazon sword plant
Echinodorus grisebachii. The plant is cultivated for and used in freshwater aquariums. The species is native to the Amazon Basin.
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Alismataceae
Genus: Echinodorus
E. grisebachii
Binomial name
Echinodorus grisebachii
Small in N.L.Britton & al.
  • Echinodorus amphibius Rataj
  • Echinodorus gracilis Rataj
  • Echinodorus amazonicus Rataj
  • Echinodorus bleherae Rataj
  • Echinodorus bleheri Rataj, common misspelling of E. bleherae
  • Echinodorus parviflorus Rataj
  • Echinodorus eglandulosus Holm-Niels. & R.R.Haynes
  • Echinodorus grisebachii var. minor Kasselm.

Echinodorus grisebachii or Echinodorus amazonicus is commonly known as Amazon sword plant, although other plants are also known under this common name. The aquatic plant is cultivated for and used in ponds and artificial aquatic habitats. It is native to Cuba, Central America, and South America as far south as Brazil and Bolivia.[1] It has been sold under the name Paniculatus.


Flower view of Echinodorus grisebachii

An aquatic plant with submergent leaves 40 – 60 cm long attached by petioles flatly triangular. Leaf blades are lanceolate or narrowly oval.[2][3]

There are a number of cultivated forms in the trade with various names such as "Black" or "'Parviflorus".


  1. ^ a b "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew". Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  2. ^ Garden., New York Botanical (1909-01-01). "North American flora". North American Flora. Series 2. v. 17, pt. 1 (1909). ISSN 0078-1312.
  3. ^ Davidse, G., M. Sousa Sánchez & A.O. Chater. 1994. Alismataceae a Cyperaceae. 6: i–xvi, 1–543. In G. Davidse, M. Sousa Sánchez & A.O. Chater (eds.) Flora Mesoamericana. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D. F.

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