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Plant Type


Growth Difficulty

Beginner / Easy

Plant Height

10-20cm (3.9-7.9 Inches) High

Plant Width

Plant Position / Usage


Co2 Requirements

Recommended (Medium light)

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Medium Light (35-50 PAR)

Temperature Tolerance

18 to 32 °C°F (Fahrenheit)

PH Range

6.5 to 8  pH

Carbonate Hardness

2 to 14 °dKH °KH (dKH)

Can Be Grown Emmersed?








  • Common Names - Synonyms:
    Tri-coloured lotus
    Origin - Distribution:
    • West Africa
    Nymphea micrantha ‘gefleckt’ (German for spotted) is a beautiful plant that offers large delicate submersed leaves with green red and black spots. The plant itself offers a great contrast and can be used as focal point.

    The plant is easy to take care for and it can rely on the bulb for backup nutrition. Like most, it does better when the water column is fertilized. Intense light promotes red and black spots. The bulb can form a large root mass that is mainly superficial so take care when uprooting.

    Unfortunately, like many plants from Nymphea this plant can get quite large and outgrow even 250L (62g) aquariums. The growth can be limited by frequent trimming and preventing the plant to reach surface for as long as possible. When leaves reach the surface, they are no longer spotted but the normal green color. Of interest in floating leaves is the formation of a new bulb at the tip of the petiole (Photo 7). The small new plant can be separated once the small leaves and roots start to form. Because of this behavior it is very easy to multiply this plant if you have enough space

    If allowed to form floating leaves this plant can produce beautiful flowers even in aquariums which last one week or more (Photo 2-6).
  • Photo 1-7: N. micrantha. Source : Mihai Zamfir (Allwissend), 2016. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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