THE CHARMS OF ANUBIAS -Breath of Africa Fascinating Anubias-

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Breath of Africa
Fascinating Anubias

Anubias is distributed in tropical rainforests mainly in West Africa, and many of them naturally grow in waterside areas where there is a water flow in a dense jungle like clinging onto driftwood and rocks. For that reason, it has been loved as a beautiful aquatic plant with full of wildness reminiscent of a river in West Africa, by aquarists for a long time. Moreover, unlike Cryptocoryne and Lagenandra which are the same Araceae family, one of the characteristics is that it hardly changes its appearance above or under water. We will introduce some of unique Anubias including standard species, newcomer and rare species in this section.
Anubias barteri var. nana ‘Golden’
It is an improved variety of Anubias barteri  var. nana with unique leaves in eye-catching bright lime-green. If planting it as an accent, it wonderfully stands out.
Anubias barteri var. coffeefolia
The deep green color and leaf surface elevated between lateral veins are distinctive. The wildness when fully grown looks the best among all the Anubias. It bears its name from the look of its new buds in reddish brown.
Anubias barteri var. glabra
Its distribution area is relatively wide compared with other Anubias barteri, and various leaf variations are known. This is a normal type, and the thin leaves with matte texture are perfect for creating natural feelings.
Although they are the same glabra, there are various types of leaves, such as wavy type (Minima) and variegated type (Dragon Claw).
Anubias barteri var. nana ‘Coin Leaf’
As the name suggests, its round shaped leaves like coins look lovely. The leaves are unfolded radially from rhizomes. The plant looks very cute having slightly long petioles and wide round heart-shaped leaves.
Anubias barteri var. nana ‘Pangorino’
It is the smallest type of Anubias distributed. The way it unfolds narrow egg-shaped leaves in a relatively dense condition, is distinctive, and it is optimal for small aquarium tanks. However, because it grows very slowly, be careful with algae.
Anubias barteri var. nana ‘Paxing’
The sharp pointed tips of its leaves are impressive. The leaf margins warp upwards from the base of leaves that are slightly wavy to the tips of leaves. You should plant it while considering the nature that it crawls horizontally.
Anubias congensis
It is characterized by its big rhizomes and thick leaves unfolded from the rhizomes. Lines of lateral veins that look like they are drawn in detail, are beautiful. Although it looks similar to Anubias afzelii, leaves of Anubias congensis are wider and more oval-shaped.
Anubias gracilis
This Anubias has distinctive spear to ear shaped bases which are what we call ears. It is on the smaller side among all the Anubias with ears. Anubias gracilis grows better above water. It would be nice to enjoy the unique leaves in Terrarium or Paludarium.
Anubias gigantea
This Anubias has large ears. It seems that there are many variations in shapes depending on the natural habitats. Its great presence unique to large species makes us want to enjoy it in an environment like an open-aquarium.
Anubias sp. ‘Kirin’
Waves that undulate strongly on the leaf margin are attractive. It is a new type of Anubias that is easy to use when creating layouts because of its moderate size. Leaf veins on the dark green leaf surface look fascinating.