Myriophyllum matogrossense, by Nikolay
For the weeks, I will start a topic discussion on the usage of specific plant types (foreground, reds, plants to attach to driftwood, etc) to provide more mechanics and insight on the usage and placement of certain plants in the aquascape. For this week, we will start off with the 'frilly' plants --plants with very finely dissected foliage:
Cabomba aquatica (yellow cabomba)
Cabomba caroliniana (green cabomba)
Cabomba furcata (red cabomba)
Limnophila aquatica (giant ambulia)
Limnophila sessiliflora (ambulia)
Myriophyllum aquaticum (parrot feather)
Myriophyllum heterophyllum (red milfoil)
Myriophyllum pinnatum (green milfoil)
Myriophyllum propinquum (filigree milfoil)
...just to name a few. Formerly, these plants were extremely popular in Dutch designs which concentrated on providing maximum contrast in color and texture. Limnophila aquatica, especially, was used very frequently because of its impressive green pom-poms of growth.
Limnophila sp. 'Gigantea', by Ghazanfar Ghori
In recent years, these plant species are being used less and less in favor of smaller stemmed fine leaved species such as Lagarosiphon madagascariensis, Rotala sp. Nanjenshan, and Mayaca fluviatilis.
Do these plants fit any role in contemporary aquascaping? For what kinds of designs are these plant species appropriate?
More later in the week... but would like some thoughts.