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Plant Profile Pogostemon erectus

Plantbase

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Pogostemon erectus

The Indian Pogostemon erectus forms compact groups of bright green, conifer-like stems, 10-20 cm tall and 1-3 cm wide. Pogostemon erectus is suitable as a background plant and creates a wonderful focal point in both smaller and larger groups. Intense light helps the plant to stay compact for a longer period. Moderate growth and vigorous roots.


Plant information obtained from: Tropica Aquarium Plants - www.tropica.com

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zozo

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The P. erectus seems to be an misidentification and is in reality Pogostemon deccanensis.
http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Jambhli Manjiri.html

It was thought that the P. deccanensis was a new discovery only resambling P. erectus.
https://www.aquasabi.com/Pogostemon-deccanensis-ADA-In-Vitro-M

But recent investigation by C. Kasselman revealed that the P. Erectus in the trade actualy is P. deccanensis.
P. Erectus possibly isn't in cultivation at all and can not be grown aqautic.

As far as i know the article yet only is published in German Datz magazine januari 2019
https://www.datz.de/pflanzen/2353-welche-art-pflegen-wir
 

Oldguy

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seems to be an misidentification

I have been wondering about Pogostemon stellatus an aquatic perennial herb from eastern and southeastern Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, New Guinea, and northern Australia. Because of its extensive geographic distribution, there are many different colour and leaf forms of this plant in the wild. I bought a named and potted specimen of this plant. Cannot get to colour up, though it grows like a weed. Could the trade also have missed named some of these plants. Different colours and leaf forms gives a lot of wriggle room when naming and selling plants. I think they all have similar flowers (mine similar to that shown of P. deccanensis, above). Could they hybridizes, if so then we are on a hiding to nothing when buying what we want. Pictured below some of my plant after a little thinning, more compact growth at the top, nearer to the light. Leaves four to the whorl, each leaf 2 to 3 mm wide and 75 to 80 mm long.
Pogostemon stellatus.JPG
 
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