Cryptocoryne albida Parker

Cryptocoryne albida is known from Birma and Thailand. It is good and easy to grow aquarium plant with lanceolate leaves in green and brown.

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Variation in wild collected C,. albida growing close to each other in Ban Wagyon, Thailand.
coll. NJ 77-88
photo Jacobsen
The locality at Ban Wagyon. Big Patches of C. albida growing at the opposite side of the stream.
coll. NJ 77-88
photo Jacobsen
A big stand of C. albida at Ban Wagyon, South of Ranong in Thailand.
coll. NJ 77-81
photo Jacobsen
A cultivated plant of C. albida. Leave size up to 20 cm. Note the slight indulated margin of the leave.
coll. & cult. NJ 77-81
photo Jacobsen
       
The spathe of C. albida. The limb is typical broadened, the top a short spiral.
coll. unknown, cult. Wit 40819
photo de Wit
The markings on the limb in C. albida vary from lines to spots.
coll. & cult. NJ 77-81
photo Jacobsen
A rather narrow opened, twisted limb of the spathe. Note the more line shaped markings on the limb.
coll. C1671-14, cult. NJ
photo Jacobsen
A brown leaved C. albida with a not yet opened spathe. The leaves are widely undulated.
coll. unknown, cult. W 54
photo van Wijngaarden
       
A brown leaved C. albida. In cultivation, the brown leaved forms turn green in low light levels.
coll. unknown, cult. de Wit
photo de Wit
Opened kettle of C.albida. In the dissected part you see the small holes (alveoli) in the top of the kettle .
coll. C1671-14, cult. NJ
photo Jacobsen
From de Wit's Aquarienpflanzen a good picture of C. abida.
drawing Ike Zewald
Distribution of C. albida in Myanmar and Thailand.
       

For reference to the other plants and the literature see the page on the crispatula group.

Updated June 2000