by Robert Paul Hudson
Cryptocoryne albida is a long leaf plant but not too overpowering in size. I do not think the plant would ever get more than a foot tall. This plant is native to Thailand and Burma in slightly acidic marshes. The plant is not too picky about water hardness in the aquarium and can tolerate moderately hard water, although slightly acidic water and substrate may be the most ideal. The color of the leaves range from a dark green to a brownish red, and the edges of the leaves vary somewhat from smooth to slightly ruffled.
Until recently the plant has not been widely available in the USA and only occasionally imported, but recently Florida Aquatic nurseries has made it available potted and it is sold by their retailers such as www.aquariumplants.com.
If you are beginning a collection of Cryptocoryne species, this is an excellent addition and easy to grow. As a bog plant it is also easy to flower.