Callitriche terrestris

Terrestrial Water-starwort

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group
Difficulty: medium
Growth: fast
Range and localities: 

Osten von Nordamerika

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

Common names: 
  • Terrestrial Water-starwort

Misapplied names: 
  • Elatine americana

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Callítriche terréstris Raf.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Callitriche


Callitriche is a genus of delicate aquatic and bog plants, most of whose species are found in temperate zones of the northern hemisphere. There are relatively many species of that genus in Europe, most of which are difficult to identify. Even though Callitriche species like C. vernalis are mentioned in aquarium literature sometimes, they have not yet found a great distribution as aquarium plants. However, they are often sold as outdoor pond plants.

Callitriche terrestris is a North-American species "discovered" for aquaristic purposes by hobbyists in the USA. It was erroneously assumed to be Elatine americana (a synonym of Elatine triandra) for some time.
Whereas most other Callitriche species grow under water or at least only partially emersed in nature, C. terrestris is often found far from any waterbody, as terrestrial plant on moist ground. The leaves of the tiny, creeping emersed form are spatulate and grow to a length of 3 to 4 mm. When cultivated submersed, the plant grows leaves that are very narrow-lineal and distinctly longer.

Callitriche terrestris is probably not in cultivation in Europe yet.

- To be continued -

References and further reading:
  1. Callitriche terrestris in the APC Plantfinder (, accessed 10 July 2013)
  2. Description of Callitriche terrestris on (, accessed 10 July 2013)
Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 10 to 26 °C
Optimum temperature 10 to 26 °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: fast

Propagation: Cuttings

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: unknown

There is no detailled information for cultivating this plant yet.
Aquascaping: fine-leaved

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