Pogostemon erectus - Live Aquatic Plant


Pogostemon erectus

Price $4.99 (bunch 4-5 stems)
Common Name: Pogostemon Erectus
Proper Name: Pogostemon Erectus
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 20 - 30 C
PH: 5-7
Lighting: Medium
Growth Rate: Medium
Difficulty: Medium
Origin: Asia (southwestern India)
Position in Aquascape: Background
the family Lythraceae, Pogostemon erectus has found a place in many aquariums over the last several years. It is superficially similar to R. verticillaris and some forms of Rotala mexicana, but can be distinguished as a submersed plant in part by its more vertical growth and somewhat larger size. Emersed, the differences are much more apparent: Whereas R. verticillaris and R. mexicana have rather inconspicuous, sessile flowers, P. erectus has very conspicuous and decorative terminal spikes of purple flowers. Additionally, emersed P. erectus possesses untoothed leaves with revolute, or down-curving margins resembling pine needles and obvious hairs on the stamen filaments of its flowers, the latter feature never being found on any members of the family Lythraceae. The ranges of the confused P. erectus and R. verticillaris also differ, with the former found on the Southwestern side of peninsular India and the latter on the Southeastern side and in Sri Lanka.
Not for so-called low tech tanks, Pogostemon erectus is nonetheless relatively undemanding and will not stunt provided it is given plentiful light and carbon dioxide. It occasionally grows in brackish conditions in the wild and may therefore be more adaptable that has been realized so far. Variation in leaf thickness and texture may result from relatively minor differences in conditions





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