|Hygrophila corymbosa in an aquarium|
Hygrophila corymbosa, commonly known as temple plant, starhorn or giant hygro, is an aquatic plant in the acanthus family. It is native to South East Asia, but is grown worldwide in tropical aquariums. The plant naturally grows as an emergent, but it can survive long periods fully submerged.
Hygrophila corymbosa is a fast-growing plant that can be frequently trimmed back. It prefers a well-lit situation, a nutriment-rich water and compost, and benefits from additional CO2. If it is allowed to grow out of the aquarium, it will bear purple scented flowers, often causing the lower leaves to drop. The plant is adaptable to a variety of water conditions. There are several forms in the aquarium trade such as red, siamensis and many others, that seem to be mainly ecological variants.
It can be easily propagated by taking cuttings and planting them in the substrate. The plant is reported to be useful for absorbing ammonium and nitrates and helping to fight algal growth.
- Media related to Hygrophila corymbosa at Wikimedia Commons
- USDA Plant Profile
- Blue Spotted
- Hygrophila corymbosa "Siamensis" - illustrated
- Fletcher; et al. (2007). "Lessons learned from the aquarium trade: evaluating the suitability of Hygrophila corymbosa cultivation in closed-system algae control". Journal of Marine Ecology. 11 (12): 37–51.