Aldrovanda Vesiculosa

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General Description

Common Names - Synonyms
Aldrovanda generalis E.H.L.Krause
Aldrovanda verticillata Roxb.
Drosera aldrovanda F.Muell.
Order
Caryophyllales
Genus
Aldrovanda
Family
Droseraceae
Origin - Distribution
  1. Africa
  2. Australasia
  3. Europe
Level of Difficulty
Intermediate / Medium
Height
0-10cm (0-3.9 Inches) High
Width
0-10cm (0-3.9 Inches) Wide
Growth Rate
Medium
Light Requirements
Medium Light (35-50 PAR)
Co2 Requirements
Recommended (Medium light)
Temperature Tolerance
58 - 80
PH Range
Unknown
Plant Type
Floating
Carbonate Hardness (dKH)
Unknown
Can Be Grown Emmersed?
No
Aldrovanda vesiculosa, commonly known as the waterwheel plant, is the sole extant species in the flowering plant genus Aldrovanda of the family Droseraceae. The plant captures small aquatic invertebrates using traps similar to those of the Venus flytrap. The traps are arranged in whorls around a central, free-floating stem, giving rise to the common name. This is one of the few plant species capable of rapid movement.

Distribution

Aldrovanda vesiculosa is the most widely distributed carnivorous plant species, native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Aldrovanda is spread mainly through the movement of waterfowl: plants sticking to the feet of a bird are transported to the next aquatic destination on the bird's route. As a result, most Aldrovanda populations are located along avian migratory routes. Throughout the last century the species has become increasingly rare, listed as extinct in an increasingly large number of countries.

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