Anubias barteri var. coffeefolia is a native of Africa that is known for its textured leaves, young red/brown leaves, and compact growth. Although Anubias barteri var. coffeefolia has been around the hobby for years, it is still a rare Anubias species to obtain.
It is important to note that Anubias barteri var. coffeefolia is not a taxonomically recognize name for this plant.
Anubias barteri var. coffeefolia is a relatively short plant that grows to a height of 6 inches (15 cm), but is known to grow very wide. The rhizome produces distinct brownish-red leaves that turn a dark green as it matures. Each leaf is deeply ribbed (like a ruffled-potato chip) and grows approximately 2.5 inches (6 cm) long.
It is indifferent to water conditions and can adapt to a range of aquarium enviroments.
The rhizome and leaves grows horizontally at a slow pace which makes this plant susceptible to algae. Be sure not to bury the rhizome or it will rot.
Underwater flowers are typically of Anubias barteri var. coffeefolia, but it will not produce seeds. Humid emersed setups will yield the best results for seeds.
Propagation is through splitting the rhizome evenly, ensuring leafs are attached to both segments.
Anubias barteri var. coffeefolia is most suited in the midground area where it can form hedges and spread along driftwood. The textured, ribbed-leaf is eye-catching and different from most aquarium plants.
Attach Anubias barteri var. coffeefolia to rocks or driftwood using thread and fishing line.
Do not bury the rhizome (hard horizontal stem) underneath the substrate or it will rot and the plant will die. The leaves of this plant are susceptible to green spot algae, and black beard algae (if there is low carbon dioxide), therefore it should be planted in a shaded area.