Pogostemon cf. deccanensis

Pogostemon cf. deccanensis

  • New aquarium plant from India
  • Similar but smaller than Pogostemon erectus
  • Upright growth habit
  • Needle-like, light green leaves
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Description

This small plant became known via the ADA tissue culture line under the name "Pogostemon deccanensis". However the customary "Pogostemon erectus" has already been identified as Pogostemon deccanensis, confusingly. Therefore we name our plant provisionally Pogostemon cf. deccanensis. It develops under water upright shoots with very narrow, needle-like light-green leaves in whorls as well. However, under the same conditions, its shoots stay considerably smaller than the true P. deccanensis ("erectus"). The submerged shoots are about 2 to 2.5 cm wide, the light to medium green leaves 1 to 1.6 cm long. The plant also has higher demands and grows much slower. It is even possible that this plant is the actual Pogostemon erectus.

We recommend for this small Pogostemon rather strong lighting, CO2 and regular macro- and micronutrient supply. It is propagated by cuttings, as well as other stem plants. From a length of about 15 cm, the stems tend to become bare at the bottom and form many water roots. It is best to cut off such shoots and place the upper part as a cutting in the substrate.

This still somewhat enigmatic, slow-growing stem plant looks like a miniature version of the commonly available "P. erectus" (P. deccanensis). It is very decorative as a bush up to about 15 cm tall in the middle ground or also in the foreground and is also recommended for nano aquariums.

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