Glossostigma elatinoides pot


Dwarf Japnnes hairgrass

  • Forms low-growing fine-leaved lawns
  • Reliable ground cover
  • Light green coloration

A low-growing Eleocharis that forms runners close to the parent plant. It is prettiest planted in small bunches quite close to each other, which will gradually form a solid mass of plants. An ideal foreground plant, equally suited to large and small aquariums.


Glossostigma elatinoides is a very popular plant for Japanese-style tanks. It is one of the smallest aquarium plants, which makes it ideal for the foreground. A difficult-to-care-for plant that needs a lot of light. If the lighting is too weak, it tends to grow upwards. Must not be shaded off by larger plants. When planting, make small tufts (approx. 1/8 of the pot) and plant at a distance of only a few centimetres. Thus you will get a ground-covering group in less time. The injection of CO2 and soft water enhance growth considerably.

It is possible to confound Glossostigma elatinoides with small submersed waterclovers (Marsilea). However, the creeping runners of Glossstigma have opposing leaves (2 leaves per node), those of Marsilea are alternate (1 leaf per node). (read more)

  • Common names Small mud-mat, Glosso
  • Synonyms Tricholoma elatinoides Bentham
  • Complete botanical name Glossostigma elatinoides (Benth.) Hook. f.
  • Family Phrymaceae
  • Genus Glossostigma
  • Difficulty medium
  • Usage Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
  • Aquascaping forms a small-leaved carpet
  • Growth fast
  • pH value 4 – 7
  • Temperature tolerance 4 – 30°C
  • Carbonate hardness 0 – 14°dKH
  • General hardness 0 – 30°dGH
  • Propagation Runners, Cuttings, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants

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