The Anubias barteri var. coffeifolia is easily differentiated from other varieties with in its series by the orange and brown color of the leaves as they sprout, which turn dark green in color as it grows. The new leaf stalks that emerge are brownish red in color, with the tissues between the lateral veins arch to significantly, giving it a strong resemblance to the coffee bush. This plant grows at a very slow pace when completely submerged underwater. The creeping rhizome of the plant is best when attached to rocks or driftwood and secured with twine wrote, which allows the roots to attach themselves there. When cultivated under water, they are very decorative when used in shaded areas of the aquarium.