Anubias barteri var. angustifolia

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Cichlid proof plant, Midground
Difficulty: very easy
Growth: slow
See also: Anubias afzelii , Anubias barteri var. glabra
Range and localities: 

West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon1

Height: 20 - 30 cm

Availability [?]: 
  • frequently available commercially

Misapplied names: 
  • Anubias afzelii
  • Anubias afzelli

Habit, plant type:

  • rhizome or creeping stem
  • epiphyte or epilith
Botanical name [?]: Anúbias bárteri var. angustifólia (Engl.) Crusio

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Anubias


Spearleaf Anubias is often sold under the erroneous name "Anubias afzelii". True A. afzelii (see the corresponding data sheet), a plant that grows far larger, has long been sold erroneously as "Anubias congensis".

Anubias barteri var. angustifolia is distributed in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Cameroun). It is the Anubias barteri variety with the narrowest leaves. It can be discerned by its lineal to very narrowly oval form of its 10 to 30 cm long leaf blades, the straight (not undulate) margin and the often reddish brown leaf stalks. This variety is similar to Anubias barteri var. glabra, which has rather oval to lanceolate leaves, though.
A. barteri var. angustifolia is as easy in cultivation as A. barteri var. nana and can be used as epiphyte on rocks or driftwood or planted in the substrate. However, A. barteri var. angustifolia seems to be less well-known.

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References and further reading:
  1. follows
References (range and localities):
Light low to high 
Temperature tolerance 12 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 22 to 26 °C
Carbonate hardness 0 to 15 °dKH
pH value 5 to 8 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 5 to 40 mg/l
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: slow

Propagation: Rhizomteilung, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: no

Winter hardiness: not hardy in Germany

There is no detailled information for cultivating this plant yet.
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