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Anubias afzelii ("congensis")

Anubias afzelii ("congensis")

  • Also traded as "Anubias congensis"
  • Large, robust Anubias species
  • Elliptic leaf shape
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Description

Anubias afzelii is often traded as "Anubias congensis". This large Anubias species occurs on sunny to shaded riverbanks in the savanna areas of northern West Africa. In its terrestrial form it may get one meter tall while it reaches only 40 cm as submerged plant. This species is quite variable; the plants labeled as "Anubias congensis" have elliptic leaves, however there are also forms with narrowly lanceolate leaf blades.

Afzelius' Anubias is a robust, very slowly growing plant with coarse leaves. It has low demands and still grows in tanks without CO2 supply, however it needs a little more light than other Anubias species. Medium lighting is recommendable.

With its coarse structure, Anubias afzelii can also be used in aquariums with rowdy fishes such as cichlids. Depending on its size it can be placed in the midground to background. Anubias afzelii is also well suited as emersed plant for terrariums and paludariums.

The Anubias available in trade are subject to a considerable name confusion. For a long time, Anubias afzelii has been carried under the erroneous name "Anubias congensis". However, Anubias congensis is a synonym of another species, namely A. heterophylla. Narrow-leaved plants with reddish-brown leaf stalks sold as "A. afzelii" are truly Anubias barteri var. angustifolia.

True A. afzelii is one of the larger Anubias species. The land form of this strong, robust plant can grow to a maximal height of one metre, forming an up to one metre long and 4 cm thick rhizome. However, in cultivation it tends to stay smaller. The leaf blades grow to over 40 cm in length and have a lanceolate to narrow-ovate to oval form.
A. afzelii populates sunny to shaded river to rivulet banks in West Africa (Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali) where it often forms dense groups. (read more)

Misapplied names Anubias congensis
Complete botanical name Anúbias afzélii Schott
Family Araceae
Genus Anubias
Difficulty very easy
Colour medium green
Texture großblättrig
Usage Cichlid proof plant, Background, Midground
Height 30 - 40cm
Width 30 - 40cm
Growth slow
pH value 6 - 8
Temperature tolerance 12 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 15°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Misapplied names
Anubias congensis
Complete botanical name
Anúbias afzélii Schott
Family
Araceae
Genus
Anubias
Difficulty
very easy
Colour
medium green
Texture
großblättrig
Usage
Cichlid proof plant, Background, Midground
Height
30 - 40cm
Width
30 - 40cm
Growth
slow
pH value
6 - 8
Temperature tolerance
12 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 15°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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