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This decorative, broad-leaved plant is produced by an Indonesian nursery as "Bucephalandra belindae". However it looks like a plant that was already imported years ago as Bucephalandra sp. "Bodok", which is why we label it with this name. In contrast, Bucephalandra belindae is a totally different species with very narrow, linear leaves. The exact origin and species belonging of "Bodok" is unknown to us, but as well as all Bucephalandras, it originates from Borneo island, growing as a rheophyte (adapted to strong current) on rock in the flood zone of rainforest streams. Bucephalandra sp. "Bodok" is a larger form with strong rhizoms. The roundish leaves are short stalked and reach about 5 cm in length. They are dark green on the upper side and pale to brownish green on the lower side. The leaf stalks and rhizome tips are red-brown.
This Bucephalandra is sold in bundles or tied on plates (pads).
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.
Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.