Ozelot Sword - Echinodorus 'Ozelot' - Small
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The Ozelot Sword is a cultivated hybrid cross from the Leopard Sword Echinodorus schlueteri and Red Melon Sword Echinodorus x barthii. It has red-green leaves with blotchy black spots, especially on younger leaves. They are hardy and generally tolerant of conditions but will grow best and with brighter color under moderate to high lighting. A nutrient-rich substrate is necessary to keep the plant healthy.
"Sword Plants" come primarily from the Echinodorus genus and are marsh or bog plants from the tropical western hemisphere (North, South and Central America as well as some islands in the region). While there are around 3 scientifically accepted species, many species are cross-bred and propagated by hobbyists and nurseries to create numerous variants and hybrids.
While swords may grow emerged in the wild (with their leaves out of the water), they are well adapted to submerged life in the aquarium as well. Emerged plants grow flowers, while submerged plants will reproduce by sending out runners to grow new plants. Most swords need high lighting to thrive. They also benefit from a nutrient-rich substrate and iron and CO2 supplements, especially in heavily planted aquariums.
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|Common Name||Ozelot Sword|
|Scientific Name||Echinodorus `Ozelot`|
|Light Intensity||Moderate to High|
|Water Hardness||Soft to Moderate|
|Flowers||Emerged: inflorescence stem, usually white|