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ERIOCAULON SP. 'MATO GROSSO'

Hardiness: Very Difficult
Light Needs: High
Plant Structure: Rosette
Family: Eriocaulaceae
Genus: Eriocaulon
Region: Central/South America
Location: Mato Grosso, Brazil
Size: Height: 10cm (4
Growth Rate: Slow
Can Be Grown Emersed: Yes

Description:

Eriocaulon sp. 'Mato Grosso' was first collected in the Brazlian state of Mato Grosso. These specimens were imported into Japan through the company Rayon Vert. Still rare in European or American markets, this Eriocaulon species is being more widely cultivated by hobbyists throughout Japan, Taiwan, China, and Singapore.

This highly temperamental plant is very demanding and only suitable for the specialist or experienced hobbyist. A nutritious, acidic substrate rich in nitrate, phosphate, and iron is critical for large, vigorous growth. Iron should also be dosed in abundance to prevent pale or yellow leaves. Both pH (~6.0) and water hardness (4dKH/4dGH or less) should be kept low. Lighting intensity and CO2 levels should be high (3wpg+ and near 30ppm respectively). Keeping conditions consistent is very important! If this plant does not find growing conditions favorable, it will become transparent and melt down within days.

After the plant is well established and actively growing, it can be uprooted every one to two months for propagation. To propagate, take a sharp blade or pair of scissors and create an incision at the point where the plants meet. Then, tease apart into two separate plants.

This delicate rosette plant can create a unique, elegant spray of foliage in the fore- to midground of small to medium sized aquariums (10-50g). It is often featured in small tanks that include Tonina fluviatilis or Syngonanthus species, usually as a focal point.

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