Cryptocoryne (water trumpets)

Cryptocoryne wendtii
Cultivars of Wendt's water trumpet (Cryptocoryne wendtii)

The genus Cryptocoryne currently (August 2023) comprises about 65 species (source). It also includes naturally occurring hybrids (crosses). These plants, popular in the aquarium hobby, colonise swampy areas. They can grow above water (emers) or permanently under water (submers). Their natural range is tropical Asia. Many species are native to Sri Lanka. As aquarium plants, some Cryptocoryne species have spread to other regions (distribution map).

These member of the aroid family are commonly known as water trumpets. Their inflorescence is said to resemble a trumpet (source).

In the following I would like to introduce you to two popular Cryptocoryne species.

Wendt’s water trumpet (Cryptocoryne wendtii)

Cryptocoryne wendtii Green
Cryptocoryne wendtii “Green”

Cryptocoryne wendtii originates from Sri Lanka and is very popular in aquarium culture. Cultivars with brown, green, red and wavy leaves are available.

Wendt’s water trumpet can cope with low light and is well suited for growing in a large glass.

Cryptocoryne wendtii Mi Oya
Cryptocoryne wendtii “Mi Oya”

Cryptocoryne parva

Cryptocoryne parva

Cryptocoryne parva reaches a height of only eight centimetres and is said to be the smallest water trumpet. It is native to Sri Lanka.