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This pretty Ludwiga originates from East Asia. It is not as well-known as certain other Ludwigias but gets increasingly popular due to its quite easy cultivation and beautiful pink-orange tones of the roundish-ovate submerged leaves. In contrast to the similar Ludwigia repens from North America, L. ovalis has an alternate leaf arrangement. Under aquarium conditions, the Oval Ludwigia grows loosely upright, a little slanted. It forms a bush by its side shoots. The leaves are about 2 cm long. The terrestrial form of L. ovalis is rather green, while the reddish colours will appear in the submerged form.
Moderate to strong light as well as a good macro- and micronutrient supply are recommendable. suffices for a good growth rate. CO2 injection is not always a must, but helps L. ovalis grow faster and more robust. Slight limitation of the nitrate and/or phosphate supply may bring out a more intense coloration.
Propagation is easy, as in most other stem plants, just cut off lateral or top shoots and re-plant in the substrate.
Ludwigia ovalis is a unique, highly attractive plant suitable for almost any aquascape, as most other pink-orange plants are far more demanding. The Oval Ludwiga can be formed to a low to medium tall bush that is ideally suited for the midground, depending on the height of the tank also for the foreground. Light green plants create a beautiful contrast to this Ludwigia.