Staurogyne sp "Porto Velho"
Sold as cuttings approx 10-15cm (Emersed/Submersed)
Synonyms: Hygrophila sp. 'Porto Velho' (erroneous), Hygrophila sp. 'Roraima' (erroneous)
Light Needs: Medium High
Plant Structure: Stem
Region: South America
Size: stem width 2 inches
Growth Rate: Moderate
Can Be Grown Emersed: Yes
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.