Staurogyne sp "Porto Velho"
Staurogyne "Porto Velho"
This attractive species of Staurogyne quickly grows dense, low bushes of narrow green leaves. With selective trimming, carpets can quickly be formed in larger aquariums or stunning focal points in smaller aquariums. Under high lighting, leaves of Staurogyne “Porto Velho” may take on purple accents.
This plant is relatively easy to grow, requiring only moderate to high lighting and regular fertilisation. CO2 injection is not required but will help provide ideal conditions.
Regardless of its true identity, Staurogyne sp. ‘Porto Velho’ is deservedly well-liked. In all but the lowest light conditions, it grows much like familiar terrestrial ivy, making it an outstanding foreground plant. Under unobstructed light, subtle purplish accents highlight what are otherwise leaves of a uniform grayish green. Somewhat slow to acclimate, it picks up speed in time and requires occasional thinning. Selective trimming over the whole of the planting soon fills back in and is preferable to removing large chunks. By doing so, cuttings may be easily obtained.
Growing this species emersed can be surprisingly challenging. A slow but steady supply of macro and micro nutrients combined with strong lighting are necessary.