Staurogyne repens was first traded worldwide commercially in 2006.
Staurogyne repens is a green stemmed plant that resembles Hygrophila. Unlike the Hygrophila, Staurogyne repens is dwarf in size and sends stems out laterally to form a carpet similar to dwarf baby tears.
Staurogyne repens is a lovely small plant that quickly became a favorite of aquascapers after its introduction at Interzoo in 2008. The plant settles in very quickly in a nutrient rich substrate with supplemental CO2 and spreads beautifully to make a dense ground cover. It requires good care, however, with regular nutrient supply or it is likely to stunt and suddenly lose all its leaves. The speed at which this happens sometimes catches inexperienced aquatic gardeners by surprise. So make sure you fertilize regularly! Staurogyne repens also requires regular trimming, or it will start to grow taller when it has filled out the space available.
Family Name: Acanthaceae
Native To: South America
Lighting: Moderate – high
Requirements: A good grower in a high light, CO2 supplemented tank
Growth Form: Creeping stems
Growth Rate: Moderate
True Aquatic: Yes
Placement in Tank: Foreground
Available As: Tissue culture cups and packs