Aponogeton madagascariensis is without
comparison among the oddest plants in our aquaria. Instead of normal
mesophyll, a lattice full of holes develops and this makes the plant a rarity
in every botanical garden or collection of water plants. However, Aponogeton
madagascariensis is a very difficult plant to grow and should be kept as
a proud solitary plant only in specialised aquaria. It requires a nutrient
and calcarious substrate with frequent water replacement because it tends to
loose the older leaves in 'old water'.
Also, Aponogeton madagascariensis prefers diffused indirect light
as it comes from shady banks and brooks with no direct sunshine. In all
circumstances this is a very diffucul plant to culture also because the many
different varieties require quite different environmental conditions.
Nowadays, Aponogeton madagascariensis is also produced from tissue