Botanical Name: Bacopa crenata
Species: B. crenata
*Bacopa calycina (Benth.) Engl. ex De Wild.
*Erinus africanus Pers.
*Herpestis calycina Pennell
*Herpestis crenata P. Beauv
*Herpestis thonnginii Benth.
*Moniera calycina (Benth.) Hiern
Common Names: Waterhyssop, Brahmi, or Moneywort
Habitat: Bacopa crenata is a marsh plant native to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, West Africa, Angola, Madagascar, Kenya, and Tanzania and Florida. Moneywort has bright-green leaves that make for a nice contrast with other plants in the aquarium.
Description: Bacopa crenata is a perennial or annual medicinal herb. It is a non-aromatic, growing up to 40 cm (16 in) in height. It grows very fast. Its leaves are opposite, oblong, slightly serrated on their margin, and 1.4–1.5 cm (0.55–0.59 in) thick. Its leaves are also lanceolate to ovate and are arranged oppositely (opposite deccusate) on the hardy stem. The leaves are bright-green that make for a nice contrast with other plants in the aquarium.Its flowers are small, actinomorphic, and range from white to blue or purple, with four to five petals. Its ability to grow in water makes it a popular aquarium plant. To reach optimal growing conditions, Bacopa crenata requires a minimum of 2 to 3 watts per gallon from full spectrum (5000K-7000K) bulbs in addition to quality liquid nutrient dosing, and a rich substrate. CO2 injection is not required, but will enhance growth and vigor.
The leaves of Bacopa crenata are used in Africa to treat conjunctivitus and headaches, and to heal wounds.In Indian Ayurveda Brahimi is said to increase brain power and increase memory.
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