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This nice, small Bucephalandra is one of at least two different forms that are produced by an Indonesian nursery under the trading name "Velvet Lead Entihong" ("Velvet Leaf Entikong"). We don't have information about its actual origin and species identity, but it resembles much the species Bucephalandra spathulifolia, therefore our name for the plant. Its narrowly spathulate to almost linear, about 2,5 to 3 cm long leaves have a very dark green tone and wavy edge. They are rosette-like tufted on the shoot tips.
Bucephalandra species and forms are primarily epiphytes on rock or wood where they attach themselves by their roots. They can also be fixed to the bottom, however the rhizome must not be buried to avoid rotting. The plant will root on its own and benefit from the nutrients in the substrate. The growth is generally slow to very slow.
Bucephalandras cope with poor light conditions, however they develop their most beautiful look with medium lighting, good water current and constant nutrient and CO2 supply. They also tolerate strong lighting, sufficient CO2 and nutrient supply provided. The favourable temperature range is about 20 to 27°C.
We recommend to put Bucephalandras into already cycled aquariums. It is best to leave the plants in peace so they can grow. Sudden changes of parameters may lead to shedding of leaves, normally, however, the plants regrow slowly and produce new shoots on the rhizome. Bucephalandras are easily propagated by cutting terminal and side shoots that also promotes the ramification of the plant.