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An especially beautiful and sought-after Bucephalandra form is known under the trading name "Brownie Ghost". It probably belongs to Bucephalandra pygmaea and was found between 2011 and 2012 in Kalimantan. It was produced in small quantities by hobbyists for a long time, but recently it is available as tissue-cultured plant in the EcoScape product line of Aquaflora company.
This Bucephalandra has its special charm by the purplish red colours and violet-blue iridescence of its younger foliage, additionally the stomata on the dark coloured leaves are visible as silverish points when the plant is under water. The leaf shape is oblanceolate with rounded tip, the leaf edge more or less wavy.
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.
Bucephalandra sp. "Brownie Ghost" is a special gem in the aquarium that is best placed on the hardscape in the midground to foreground.
Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.