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Bucephalandra pygmaea 'Wavy Green'

Common Name: Bucephalandra Pygmaea Wavy Green (Tropica Potted Plant)

Bucephalandra Pygmaea Wavy Green (Tropica Potted Plant) is identified by the flowering plant family, Araceae. Inside their natural rainforest habitat, Buce plants are found growing as dense mats in waters with strong currents, attached to rocks or stones in flood zones or streams and rivers. Buce plants are rewarding nature aquarium masterpieces with truly captivating names unique to each one discovered or cultivated. Petite in size and coveted for their distinctive leaves displaying an extensive and vibrant color palette.

Similar to other epiphytes (such as Anubias and Cryptocoryne) Bucephalandra plants can be attached to your aquarium hardscape rocks or driftwood etc. Buce can also be planted in soil, however, take caution never to bury or cover the rhizome as this will cause melt and decay. When planning your aquascape, tiny varieties of Buce are best planted in the aquarium foreground and larger leaf varieties do well in the midground. They complement mosses and ferns beautifully with their dramatic contrasting colors and robust leaves of varying shapes and textures. Bucephalandra grow very slowly, and can be cultivated both submerged or immersed (keeping very very moist conditions).

This plant is slow-growing, with new leaves emerging from long, thin rhizomes. With CO2 injection, nutrients, medium lighting they will grow healthier and faster with new vibrant leaves and side shoots (which can be propagated). Bucephalandra may be propagated by cutting of the rhizome side shoots and then securing to hardscape with super glue or thread.

Their best growth rate and coloration is in medium lighting with strong water current, however, Buce adapt well to a range of aquarium lighting from low to high. They prove resilient and rather easy to grow under stable aquarium conditions, especially when CO2 and nutrients are provided. Sudden changes to aquarium conditions or unstable parameters may cause shedding of their leaves or die off, however, with time new leaves can regrow if the rhizome is healthy.

  • Family Name: Araceae
  • Type: Epiphyte
  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • Care: Easy, low maintenance
  • Light: Low to medium
  • CO2: not required or +/-30ppm will promote faster growth
  • Propagation: rhizome division
  • Growth rate: slow, faster under higher lighting (may cause algae)
  • Growth state: emersed or submerge