Sri Lanka is home to many species of cryptocoryne, including the Cryptocoryne beckettii. These plants have also been successfully cultivated in aquaria for decades. In the wild they are found in shaded areas near the banks of streams and rivers, where they grow amphibiously above and below the waterline. The colour of any submerged leaves varies in shades of green and brown. Different leaf colouration within the same species is typical for the Cryptocoryne genus.