Potted Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis 'Baby Leaf'

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Bolbitis comes from West Africa, a fern with very beautiful transparent green leaves. It has dark green, pinnate leaves 15–40 cm long and 15–25 cm broad. It is also referred to as African water fern, African fern, Bolbitis, Bolbitis water fern, Creeping fern or Congo fern.

Natural History

Bolbitis heudelotii, named for the botanical explorer of West Africa Jean-Pierre Heudelot (1802–1837),[3] is an aquatic polypody fern growing submerged in rivers and streams, attached to rocks or wood by the threadlike rootlets extending from its rhizomes. The water in its native habitat is fast-moving over sandy or rocky bottoms, very clean, not very hard and slightly acidic. The roots cling to rocks and the sandy beds.

Pro Tips

When planting do not cover the rhizome because it will rot, and it is best to plant Bolbitis heudelotii on a root or stone. Keep the plant in position with fishing line until it has gained a hold. Easy to propagate by splitting the horizontal rhizome. Growth can be increased considerably by supplying CO2, and is only optimal in soft, slightly acidic water.

Type: Rhizomatous
Origin: Africa
Growth Rate: Slow
Light Demand: Medium
CO2: Medium


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