I’ll admit I am a little late to the party with keeping this plant. I shouldn’t have waited so long…
Bucephalandra is a great looking HARDY PLANT who’s names origin is almost as cool as the plant itself.
Bucephalandra is named after the horse of Alexander the Great, the most legendary horse in antiquity…Bucephalus.
Legend has it that Bucephalus was a wild and massive black horse with a white star on his brow. He was offered to Alexander the Great’s father King Philip for a high price though he was unable to be tamed. At the age of 12 Alexander the Great bet the horse keeper the sum of money for the horse that he could tame Bucephalus. (If he could tame him- he’d get him for free- if not- Alexander was to pay the asking price) Alexander tamed the horse and would go on to conquer more of the world than any had ever done before while riding Bucephalus.
So yes- it is fitting that this unique hardy plant with some varieties looking almost black, carries a name like Bucephalandra.
While I haven’t kept this plant for many years like other varieties I sell, I can tell you that it holds up like an Anubias. It comes from streams and river beds where it holds on to wood and rocks with it’s Anubias like rhizome.
Keeping Bucephalandra isn’t difficult. While it doesn’t require a great deal of light, it does show its more bold colors when under higher light and more fertilizers
You are getting a good clump with nice roots as shown. Each piece has about 12 or more leaves on it.
This plant will make a nice contrast to a hardscape with its unique colors
The variety was described to me as “Green Wavy” without a scientific name given.
Grab some Buce!