Lagenandra is a genus of aquatic plants in the family Araceae, native to the Indian subcontinent. These plants are commonly known as false anubias or water lilies.
Lagenandra plants have a rosette or tufted growth habit, with long, pointed leaves that are often green or brown in color. The leaves are typically thick and leathery, with a smooth or slightly wrinkled surface. Lagenandra plants produce small, inconspicuous flowers that are usually hidden among the leaves.
In the aquarium hobby, Lagenandra plants are highly valued for their unique appearance and their ease of care. They are often used as foreground or midground plants, and their low, compact growth habit makes them ideal for creating a carpeting effect. Lagenandra plants are relatively tolerant of a wide range of water parameters, but they prefer moderate to high light intensity and nutrient-rich water. They can be propagated by dividing the rhizomes or by planting stem cuttings. Some popular species of Lagenandra in the aquarium hobby include Lagenandra meeboldii, Lagenandra ovata, and Lagenandra thwaitesii.