Staurogyne sp. "Bihar"

Aquarium suitability: yes
Difficulty: medium
Growth: fast
Range and localities: 

probably northeastern India (Bihar)

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

Misapplied names: 
  • Hygrophila sp. 'Bihar'

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Staurogyne


Staurogyne sp. "Bihar" was imported from the north Indian state Bihar as an alleged Hygrophila species. However, its flower characteristics suggest that this unidentified plant might belong to the genus Staurogyne. Its submersed leaves are partially lobed and thus looks like Hygrophila pinnatifida.
S. sp. "Bihar" is widely spread in the aquarium hobby in the USA. It was imported into Russia over a year ago, but in the rest of Europe, it has probably not made its way into the hobby yet.

Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 20 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 22 to 28 °C
Carbonate hardness 0 to 12 °dKH
pH value 5 to 7.5 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 10 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: fast

Propagation: Cuttings

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: unknown

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