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This particularly nice Bucephalandra variant is produced by an Indonesian nursery under the trading name "Velvet Lead Entihong". The plants are tied on plates (pads), each with numerous shoots. The name probably refers to the region Entikong in West Kalimantan, so we label the plant as "Velvet Leaf Entikong". It resembles Bucephalandra sp. "Black Catherinae" and possibly belongs to the same, yet unidentified species. It has horizontally growing, thin rhizomes with very narrow, linear, dark coloured, wavy leaves that are more or less horizontally arranged along the rhizome.
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.
Please be aware that the bunch/potted variation of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.