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The trading name "Fake Catherine" was given to small and very narrow-leaved Bucephalandra forms that resemble Bucephalandra catherineae. Partly they may be Bucephalandra belindae, but also other similar species such as the very small B. micrantha may hide behind this name. We could not yet determine our "Fake Catherine" to species. However, in our opinion it is one of the most beautiful Bucephalandra forms. Its leaves are a little broader than those of our Bucephalandra belindae strain, and it grows a little faster, too. The rhizome is rather densely branched and grows horizontally. The leaves show attractive brown-green tones.
As well as virtually all Bucephalandras, it is best fastened on rock or wood where it will attach itself by its roots. For its aquarium culture, medium lighting, constant CO2 and nutrient supply as well as good water current are beneficial. It is propagated by cuttings of the main and side shoots.
With its small size and low, creeping habit, Bucephalandra sp. "Fake Catherine" is a very interesting plant for the hardscape of delicate small-scale aquascapes.
Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.