Diodia cf. kuntzei

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background, Midground
Difficulty: medium
Growth: medium
Range and localities: 

Brasilien: Pantanal-Region

Availability [?]: 
  • rarely or not available commercially
  • rarely or not available from other aquarists

Misapplied names: 
  • Hygrophila sp. 'Pantanal'

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Diodia


This plant from the Brazilian Pantanal region was first considered to be a Hygrophila species, however, the characteristics of its inflorescence put it in the coffee family (Rubiaceae), and it is very probable that it belongs to the species Diodia kuntzei.

In the USA, Diodia cf. kuntzei has gained some popularity as aquarium plant under the name "Hygrophila sp. 'Pantanal' ". It is probably not yet cultivated in Europe.

-To be continued-

Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 20 to 30 °C
Nitrate (NO3-) 10 to 50 mg/l
Phosphate (PO43-) 0.1 to 3 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 5 to 30 mg/l
Iron (Fe) 0.01 to 0.5 mg/l

Growth: medium

Propagation: Cuttings

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: not hardy in Germany

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