Bucephalandra sp. "Theia"

Bucephalandra sp. "Theia"

  • Compact leaf rosette
  • Dark olive, purple and blueish tones
  • Well growing
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This Bucephalandra is produced under the trade name "Theia" in nurseries and tissue culture laboratories. Its exact origin and species identity are unknown to us, but all Bucephalandra species are native to the island of Borneo, where they occur as flow-adapted plants (rheophytes) on rock in the flood zone of streams.
In its submerged form, Bucephalandra sp. "Theia" develops compact, rosette-like shoots and splendid colours. The rhizome, which is at least 4 cm long, grows creeping to ascending and branches strongly. In time, the side shoots give rise to a bush that grows to about 6 - 7 cm high and at least 18 cm wide.The short-stalked, up to about 3.5 cm long, obovate leaves have a rounded tip. While the emersed leaves are dark olive green, the underwater leaves show reddish brown to purple tones and often a bluish sheen. In addition, the stomata of the leaves are visible under water as many silvery spots.


Like practically all Bucephalandras, "Theia" is primarily a perching plant on rock or wood. However, it can also be attached to the substrate, but do not bury the rhizome because it could rot. The roots will then grow into the substrate by themselves and the plant can benefit from the nutrients in the substrate. The plant develops most beautifully with medium light intensity and a constant supply of CO2 and nutrients. Growth is slow. Bucephalandras are propagated by cutting off side shoots or head shoots, which also promotes branching of the shoots.
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.

Bucephalandra sp. "Theia" has turned out to be a good-growing, colourful plant. It attracts attention on the hardscape in the aquarium middle ground. Over time, it forms a compact group with many heads.

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Giuseppe C.
Absolutely stunning
9th September 2021
Bucephalandra sp. "Theia" - Pot
Bucephalandra sp. "Theia" - Pot

I received such a beautiful pot, even better than in the picture! It has blue green metallic tones, perfect round leaves. (read more)