Fontinalis antipyretica var. gigantea

Giant willow moss

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Plant for spawning, Nano tanks
Difficulty: medium
Growth: medium

Availability [?]: 
  • occasionally available commercially
  • occasionally available from other aquarists

Common names: 
  • Giant willow moss

Habit, plant type:

  • epiphyte or epilith
  • moss / liverwort or fern prothallium
Botanical name [?]: Fontinális antipyrética var. gigantéa (Sull.) Sull.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Hypnales
Family: Fontinalaceae
Genus: Fontinalis


Fontinalis antipyretica var. gigantea is one of several varieties of the common willow moss. This strong moss grows especially large and is mainly found in stagnant or slow-flowing waters, e.g. in shaded lakes in the woods.
In comparison with varietys of F. antipyretica found in flowing water, F. antipyretica var. gigantea has larger, wider leaves with a more obtuse tip that grow at wider angles on the stem.

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Light low to high 
Temperature tolerance 4 to 26 °C
Optimum temperature 10 to 22 °C
Carbonate hardness 0 to 14 °dKH
pH value 5 to 7 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 20 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: medium

Propagation: Splitting, cutting off daughter plants

Can grow emersed?: unknown

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: yes

Winter hardiness: hardy in Germany

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