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Riparium Plants: List of Popular Species

House/Pond Plant Species

  • Spathiphyllum sp. (peace lily) – Most species
  • Pilea sp. – P. cardieri (aluminum plant), P. depressa (creeping jenny), P. grandifolia, P. mollis ‘move valley,’ P. myriophylia, P. nummulariifolia (creeping charlie), P. spruceana ‘silver tree’
  • Gibasis geniculata (Tahitian bridal veil)
  • Dieffenbachia sp. (dumb cane) – Dieffenbachia amoena
  • Chamaedorea elegans (parlor palm)
  • Acorus sp. (sweetflag) – A. americanus and A. calamus
  • Pogonatherum crinitum (baby panda bamboo)
  • Cyperus sp. – C. alternifolius, C. gracilis, and C. papyrus
  • Oplismenus hirtellu
  • Syngonium sp. – S. wenlandii, and various other species
  • Cyrtosperma johnstonii

Emersed Aquatic Species

      • Microsorum sp. (java fern) – pteropus, pteropus ‘wendelov,’ pteropus ‘needle leaf’, (Any java fern species that can be grown emersed)
      • Echinodorus sp. (amazon sword) – E. bleheri, E. cordifolius, (any species that can be grown emersed)
      • Hygrophylia angustifolia
      • Limnophilia aromatica
      • Anubias sp. – A. barteri, A. nana, A. hastifolia, (any species that can be growned emersed)
      • Cryptocorne sp. (crypts) – C. ciliata, C. wendtii, C. cordata, (any species that can be grown emersed)
      • Bacopa sp. – B. monnieri and B. caroliniana
      • Taxiphyllum barbieri or Vesicularia dubyana (java fern)
      • Taxiphyllum alternans (Taiwan moss)
      • Vesicularia montagnei (Christmas moss)
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Riparium Plant: Spathiphyllum Peace lily

Spathiphyllum sp. Peace lily

Orgin: Tropical regions of the Americas, Asia

Care Level: Easy

Planting Method: Planter

Placement: Background

Planting Medium: Hydroton with capping medium

Growth Rate: Slow-Medium

Size: Medium-Large

Propagation: “Daughters,” flowering

Notes: Very commonly available house plant. Enjoys good fertilization and a lot of flow around its root system. Best not to submerge the crown of the plant, it will rot!

My First Flower!

What a momentous occasion! My first flower! As I was cleaning my 20gH riparium a couple days ago, I noticed a small white stem growing from my largest peace lily (Spathyllium sp.). Later, it was apparent that it was a flower! I am pretty exited, but there is one downer…I am 500 miles away from my tank on vacation! At least the flowers last a long time.