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We received this small, compact, bushy Bucephalandra form as "Brownie Purple", however it shows rather brown-green to light reddish tones under water. Its species identity and exact origin are unknown to us; as well as other Bucephalandra, it occurs on rock along fast-flowing rainforest streams on Borneo. The plant is propagated in tissue culture labors (in Vitro).
When grown under water, the rhizome is ascending and branched, causing a bushy growth habit. The leaves are about 2-2,5 cm long and 8-9 mm wide, spathulate, with round tip and narrowly wedge-shaped base. They are rosette-like arranged on the stem tips. The plant resembles small forms of Bucephalandra pygmaea.
Bucephalandra sp. "Brownie Purple" grows very slowly but has no high demands. It looks best with moderate lighting, good CO2 and nutrient supply and water current. This plant is primarily an epiphyte for the hardscape but can also be fixed to the ground (the rhizome not buried!). It is easily propagated by cuttings of the stem tips and branches.
With its bushy look and small, arching leaves, this Bucephalandra is interesting for the planting of the hardscape. It is also small enough to fit into nano aquariums.
Please be aware that the bunch/potted variation of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.