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Echinodorus 'Tricolor' was created in the aquatic plant nursery in the Czech Republic and was introduced to the hobby in 2004. The variety name (meaning three-coloured) refers to the different colours the leaves can attain.
The leaf blades are oblong-ovate with an obtuse tip, clearly reduced basis and a slightly undulate margin. They grow up to 15 cm long and 8 cm wide. The leaf stalks grow relatively long, up to 15 cm.
Young leaves are light green and may even have a pinkish hue as well as brownish dots. When they mature they attain a darker green colour.
This variety is rather easy in cultivation and grows well. It only needs medium light and even sprouts flower stalks with adventitious plants in the aquarium.
Under the name E. 'Tricolor', there is also another Echinodorus with band-like leaf blades in trade.