Echinodorus x 'Barthii'

Echinodorus x 'Barthii' is more commonly known in the United States aquarium trade as red melon sword plant.  It was initially introduced to the hobby with the name "E. osiris 'Double Red'".  In 1986 it was erroneously described as a good species.  Lter, it was discovered to have been hybridized by an Australian grower. All of this has lead to quite a bit of confusion in the name of this pretty plant.

Burgundy red submerged leaves are the highlight of this aquarium plant.  Echinodorus x 'Barthii' is one of the more compact  and slower growing sword plants allowing it to be planted in midground areas of the aquarium.  


Common Name:  Red melon sword

Family Name:       Alismataceae

Native To:              Hybrid

Lighting:                Moderate

Requirements:       Undemanding, but does best with good fertilization and a rich substrate

Growth Form:        Rosette

Growth Rate:          Moderate

True Aquatic:         Yes

Placement in Tank: Mid-ground

Available As:            Bare root, potted