Pterygoid fern or, as it is called, Ceratopteris (Ceratopteris pter.
Winged fern widely distributed in America in Venezuela, Colombia, in regions from the Amazon to Peru and from Panama to Guatemala. Also, there are single populations in northern Argentina, in Brazil, Paraguay and in the territory of North Vietnam. In natural conditions ceratopteris lives in reservoirs with stagnant or sluggish water, floating on the surface of the water or rooting in moist soil.
In size, the plant can reach more than 30 cm.
Leaf plate water cabbage wide with deep cuts at the edges, light green color, reaches rather large sizes. Veins and cuttings of plants are very fragile, spongy properties. The roots fern tangled, heavily branched.
AT aquarium “reside” winged fern can both rooted and floating in the water the form. Planted bush looks more spectacular in the background or around the perimeter. aquarium. If you leave the plant floating, it forms a rosette of elegant light green translucent leaves spread out in the water.
Its common name Water cabbage The plant received for the similarity with the opened head of cabbage. it aquarium plant is a wonderful natural filter, actively participating in metabolic processes aquarium.
In addition, the plant acts as a good diffuser, creating a comfortable for perception of the situation in the aquarium. Beard-like roots and leaves are a good haven for fry and a spawning ground for many aquarium fish.
Care pterygoid very complex and so it is aquarium plant quite rare in aquarists. The plant does not tolerate condensation on the leaves, so aquarium for content This plants should be half closed. Dislikes frequent anxiety.
Favorable conditions content can be considered sedentary water with a temperature of 22-28 ° C, hardness up to 15 ° and a neutral reaction. In case of deviation from favorable conditions, it loses the saturation of the color color and gradually collapses.
Water should contain organic matter dissolved in water in large quantities. Lighting preferably intense.
With pterygoid fern fertile leaves develop in the soil with moderate humidity.
Breeds winged fern vegetatively, with the help of shoots that are formed on the mother bush.