Plant of the Thirty day period
Concern: September 2009
(LOUR.) KUNTZE 1891
Creator: Efren Leonida
Prevalent Names: N/A
Loved ones: Lamiaceae
Indigenous Distribution: Southeast Asia and Australia
Aquarium Placement: Qualifications, midground in incredibly massive aquariums
Needs: Large CO2
Pogostemon stellatus is a gorgeous stem plant originating from Southeast Asia and Australia. There are a number of kinds of this plant presently in the passion, differentiated typically by leaf sizing. A slim-leaved assortment initially emerged in the passion about 10 or 12 several years in the past, which was at first offered and traded less than the faulty identify of Eusteralis stellata. A wide-leaf assortment from New Guinea can expand pretty massive if offered the home, with a leaf span of eight inches or much more throughout. Most recent in the passion is the needle-leaf assortment, with the best leaves of all. When delivered with suitable circumstances, the stems of P. stellatus can acquire a gorgeous reddish to purplish coloration, incorporating a lively contact to a planted aquarium format.
The suitable development of P. stellatus does have to have some awareness by the aquatic horticulturist. Medium to significant gentle is vital, as leaves in the reduce parts will lose with out suitable lights or if they develop into shaded. With increased gentle, carbon dioxide supplementation is a will have to, as very well as suitable macronutrient and micronutrient supplementation. With no these, the suggestions of rising stems have a tendency to stunt, rising compact, curled leaves that portend the cessation of even more development.
P. stellatus “broad leaf” can often be puzzled with the identical whorled variant ofLimnophila aromatica. These can be distinguished by the purple nodes (where by the leaves arise from the stem) on P. stellatus.
Pogostemon stellatus has been easily offered in excess of the the latest several years, with aquatic nurseries in Florida delivering emersed-developed pots of the common and wide-leaf kinds to outlets about the coun
Use in Aquascaping: P. stellatus can be employed as an intriguing qualifications focal position in massive aquariums. With its gorgeous coloration and massive leaves, the wide-leaf assortment can present a stunning distinction to inexperienced stem vegetation in aquariums of 55 gallons or greater. The common and needle-leaf kinds can be employed as qualifications vegetation in medium to massive aquariums and can be trimmed into a bush for midground accents in massive aquariums.
Propagation: When development is very well recognized, P. stellatus is basic to propagate. The tops of stems could be trimmed, endorsing the development of aspect shoots from stems remaining in the aquarium. Alternatively, tops could be trimmed and the reduce stems eradicated, changed with the recently slash stems. If the previous system is utilized, eliminating a couple of the aspect shoots on every stem will help the remaining kinds to expand greater.