This wonderful long-leaved Buce plant, with proper care, develops almost black leaves and is immediately noticeable at first glance with its long, thin, finely wavy leaves! New young leaves are crisp green in colour and, as they get older, take on an increasingly dark, bluish sheen and appear almost black. With a leaf length of approx. 5 cm, this Buce belongs to the medium-sized Bucephalandra forms and can be used in the front to the middle area. In Bucephalandra sp. lo black also influences the appearance depending on the lighting conditions. The more light, the more intensely dark the leaves are.
Care of Bucephalandra:
Caring for the Buce plants is similar to the Anubias and Cryptocoryne species. Bucephalandra makes no great demands on the aquarium, they can also cope with little light and without the addition of Co². This, of course, extends the possible uses in the aquarium and so the plant also grows on the edges of the pool, which are normally least illuminated by the cover light. Bucephalandra grows much better and forms more intense colours from the more light and additional Co² is available. Bucephalandra species are very robust plants that can be planted in aquariums, terrariums and paludariums both underwater and above water. It only needs little to moderate light, thrives at almost any water value and can cope with a pH value between 5.0 – 8.0 and water temperatures of 20 – 28 ° C.
Planting with Bucephalandra:
Like Anubias, Bucephalandra grows on stones, roots, and other surfaces. As a rule, plants are placed on any decorative item with a nylon thread or plant glue. If Bucephalandra plants are to be planted in the substrate, they should only be partially embedded in the substrate so that the rhizome is exposed. If the rhizome is buried, it can start to rot and die.
Cultivation of Bucephalandra:
The home of the Bucephalandra is Borneo Indonesia and belongs to the Araceae family. In the plant nurseries, the plants are propagated and cultivated in emersed (overwater) breeding. After the Buce plant has grown underwater for some time, it loses the leaves above the water and develops the so-called underwater leaves. These water leaves are the ones that make Bucephalandra so sought after. Because depending on the species, each Bucephlanadra shows a different intense red, brown, blue or purple colour with wavy, jagged, oval or oblong leaves.
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