A water fern with very beautiful transparent green leaves. Bolbitis heudelotii or African water fern originally came from West Africa (Congo), where they grow along the edge of the waterfall with rocky habitat. When planting do not cover the rhizome because it will rot, and it is best to plant Bolbitis heudelotii on a driftwood or stone. Keep the plant in position with fishing line but usually i used sewing thread as it will dissolved in the water over a time. This beautiful plants is easy to propagate by splitting the rhizome. Growth can be increased considerably by supplying CO2, and is only optimal in soft, slightly acidic water. Based on my experience, Bolbitis heudelotii is extremely slow growing plants, probably slower than common Java fern (Microsorum pteropus) and it is easily attracts algae. But other than that, they're easy to keep.
These pictures of Bolbitis heudelotii growing in their native habitat in West Africa (Congo) during dry season. They usually grows in emersives form in waterfall areas.
|Submerged form of bolbitis heudelotii|
NOTE : I don't own all these pictures, All the pictures are retrieved from internet. If you want to see the original website of these photos, you can go to : West African Plant Database