Anubias barteri var. coffeifolia

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Cichlid proof plant, Midground, Foreground, group
Difficulty: very easy
Growth: very slow

Height: 10 - 25 cm
Width: 10 - 30 cm

  • Anubias barteri ''coffeefolia''
  • Anubias barteri ''coffeifolia''

Habit, plant type:

  • rhizome or creeping stem
  • epiphyte or epilith
Botanical name [?]: Anúbias bárteri var. coffeifólia Kasselmann

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


This plant from the Anubias barteri complex was long known as Anubias barteri "Coffeefolia" or "Coffeifolia". Recently, Christel Kasselmann (2010) described it as a variety (var. coffeifolia) or Anubias barteri. It can be discerned from other A. barteri varities by its orange-brown sprouting leaves that turn dark green later on. Its new leaf stalks are brownish red, and the tissue between the lateral veins is strongly arched, which strongly reminds of the leaves of the coffee bush (Coffea).

This plant grows very slowly when cultivated sumbersed. It has a creeping rhizome and should (like all other varieties of Anubias barteri) be bound to rocks or driftwood with twine. There it will attach itself with its roots. Its emersed form can be quite decorative in shaded areas of paludaria, too.

To be continued...

References and further reading:
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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: very 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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