Echinodorus ‘Apart’ is a cultivar from a cross between Echinodorus uruguayensis and Echinodorus portoalegrensis.
The cultivar name “Apart” refers to the spread of the leaves which is very similar to E. portoalegrensis, in that they do not grow erect but spread somewhat horizontally from the crown. The plant will grow up to 30cm/12 inches wide and up to 15cm/6 inches in height, larger than E. portoalegrensis.
This is an unusual-looking plant in that the leaves are splayed rather flatly across the substrate. Also, there is a somewhat translucent quality to the deeply colored leaves. The newest leaves are reddish brown but become deep green with maturity. All leaves are slightly wavy at the margins. The leaves are tough and thick.
It will do better with a fertilized substrate and water column; CO2 is not required but will enhance growth if balanced with higher light and other nutrients.
Growth rate: Slow