Myriophyllum mattogrosense

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Central and South America

Low - High

6 - 8


Stem Plant


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Bunch Plant

Aquatic Plant Myriophyllum mattogrossense

Myriophyllum mattogrosense submerged

Myriophyllum mattogrossense

Myriophyllum mattogrossense is a wonderful addition to the aquarium hobby. It is unique in the genus Myriophyllum and will fill the niche for a spreading variety of stem plant.  Myriophyllum mattogrossense is easy to grow and will tolerate a wide variety of conditions allowing almost everyone to be successful with this aquarium plant. We are excited to finally offer this plant.

Myriophyllum mattogrossense is native to South America and more specifically to Ecuador and Peru according to Kasselman. She collected it in fast moving shallow water and also observed it growing emersed on the riverbank.  Myriophyllum mattogrossense is also relatively new to the trade only being introduced in 1990. In the US, it is only now being cultivated and sold commercially. Before this, it had to be imported or traded between hobbyists. Commercial cultivation will increase the availability of  Myriophyllum mattogrossense allowing most stores and consumers the ability to sell and grow it.

Myriophyllum mattogrossense is a relatively easy plant to grow. Fast growing, moderate lighting is its main necessity.  There is no need for having a CO2 system although using one will allow it to grow even faster.  Sold as a bunch plant in the United States, all that is necessary for the consumer is to separate the stems from the bunch and plant in the desired location of the tank.  Pruning is necessary to keep it under control and the tops of the plant can be replanted to grow again. Don’t forget to fertilize to keep it looking in top shape along with the other plants in your tank.

Myriophyllum mattogrossense exhibits a light green color under normal aquarium conditions. Like many plants this color changes from light green under moderate light to a browner color under higher light intensity.  Myriophyllum mattogrossense has an interesting unique characteristic in the genus.  Under high light intensity the stems will lie down and root along the bottom to spread out and form a colony. Other varieties of Myriophyllum that we grow will do this but to a much lesser extent. This is not completely unique as many aquatic plants do this under high light intensity however Myriophyllum mattogrossense is more likely than the other varieties we produce to do this.  Myriophyllum mattogrossense also has the added benefit of adding a unique texture to the aquarium, different from other plants in its genus. Most Myriophyllum species have a sufficient amount of leaves to give the plant a full frilly look, however Myriophyllum mattogrossense shows it’s individual leaves which give it a completely different appearance, more similar to Cabomba.
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