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Glossostigma elantinoides

Glossostigma elantinoides

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Glossostigma elatinoides is a very low-growing lawnlike aquarium plant with creeping runners and spatula-like leaves. It is possible to confound Glossostigma elatinoides with small submersed waterclovers (Marsilea). However, the creeping runners of Glossstigma have opposing leaves (2 leaves per node), those of Marsilea are alternate (1 leaf per node). Moreover, Glossostigma leaves posses a distinct midrib, whereas the veins of Marsilea are fan-shaped, comparable to the leaves of a Ginkgo tree.

G. elatinoides is relatively easy to cultivate given that it has enough light and CO2. Light intensity should be at least 0.5 watts per litre. Under sufficient light, Glosso forms runners quickly, covering the entire ground after a relatively short time. Under insufficient light, however, it tends to grow out long. For good growth it needs sufficient nitrate (5 mg/l or above), phosphate (0.5 mg/l or above) and sufficient iron as well as micronutrients. Nitrate deficiency leads to yellowish leaves, and the older leaves are shed before time, phosphate deficiency results in a significant growth reduction, and the plant assumes a distinct dark green hue. Iron deficiency leads to transparent spots on the leaves.

If you buy Glossostigma elatinoides in trade you will probably get the emersed form. When planting, make groups of three to four stems, and wait for submersed growth, which sets in after about two weeks. Then you can cut off the new, submersed leaves and replant them into the substrate. Make sure to bury them in the ground entirely, and just free the leaf tips from the substrate. If you follow this method, given that there is sufficient light, CO2 and nutrients, you will get complete ground coverage after a few weeks.

Its low growth makes G. elatinoides an ideal foreground plant. It forms dense plant carpets, which are especially attractive in Nature Aquaria.

*Pictures are not the actual plants you will receive, but a sample representation.

Care Hard
Nano tanks, Foreground, group, ground cover
Light Medium to High
Co2 High
Growth rate Fast
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