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This neat, especially small-leaved Bucephalandra form is apparently named after the Melawi region in West Kalimantan, an indication of its possible origin. From its appearance it could belong to Bucephalandra pygmaea. As well as all Bucephalandras, it occurs as a rheophyte (adapted to strong current) on rock in the flood zone of rainforest streams. Its dark-green leaves are just 1,5 cm long. They are rounded at the tip and taper towards the very short stalk. With time, the plants forms a compact mat by its branched rhizomes.
This Bucephalandra is produced in water plant nurseries in Indonesia where it is delivered 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.