A Beginner’s Guide to Identifying Different Types of Anubias

Types of Anubias

Anubias is a genus of aquatic plants that are popular among aquarium enthusiasts. They are known for their hardy nature, broad leaves, and ability to thrive in various water conditions. Here are some common types of Anubias:

1. Anubias barteri

Anubias barteri is one of the most widely available and commonly cultivated species of Anubias. It has dark green, heart-shaped leaves and grows relatively slowly. It is adaptable to different lighting conditions and can be grown submerged or emersed.

2. Anubias nana

Anubias nana is a compact and small-sized Anubias variety. It features thick, dark green leaves that are relatively broad and rounded. Anubias nana is often used in aquascaping due to its manageable size and attractive appearance.

3. Anubias coffeefolia

Anubias coffeefolia is named for its leaves that resemble coffee beans. The leaves are relatively large and have a textured surface. This species is particularly favored for its unique leaf shape and appearance.

4. Anubias barteri var. ‘nana petite’

Anubias barteri var. ‘nana petite’ is a dwarf version of Anubias barteri. It is incredibly small in size, making it suitable for nano aquariums and intricate aquascaping. Despite its small stature, it retains the characteristic heart-shaped leaves of Anubias.

5. Anubias lanceolata

Anubias lanceolata, also known as Anubias hastifolia, features long, lance-shaped leaves with pointed tips. It has a unique and attractive appearance that adds visual interest to aquariums.

These are just a few examples of the many Anubias species and varieties available in the aquarium trade. Anubias plants are generally low-maintenance and can be attached to rocks, driftwood, or other aquarium decorations. They provide a natural and beautiful addition to aquatic environments.