Bucephelandra sp. “Kualakuayan”#1

Yes, yes, yes, It has been forever since my last post, and I hope I haven’t lost all of what few readers I had! Priorities get in the way and such, you all know how life goes! Well without further A due let’s get to what all of you came for!

Today I will be starting a series on about 6 different varieties of Bucephelandra. Although these plants have been in the hands of a relatively small number of hobbyists for about 5 years now, they are only now making their way to the US, and as such they are beginning to catch the attention of the masses as the “new hotness”! I hope to educate you about this plant and bring to light the subtle, yet beautiful different characteristics of all the different varieties.

Just a quick rundown on just what Bucephelandra are (without getting too scientific) they are of the Araceae family, commonly known as Aroids, which include such plants as Anubias. Bucephelandra can be grown submersed as well as immersed, although in the wild they are most commonly found emerged.

Bucephelandra are found in or around streams in Borneo only. They are more specifically found growing on top of, or in the crevices of rocks. The below photo is a photo of B. “Sintang” in it’s natural habitat. This is not the one we will be going over today, but just a visual aid to give you an idea of where these plants can be found in the wild.
Wild B. Sintang (Team Borneo)
Photo credit goes to Team Borneo.

The variety we will be covering today is Bucephelandra sp.”Kualakuayan”#1. Whereas most Bucephelandra grow in a vertical direction, this variety creeps and sends runners!

Here is is growing on soil (notice the creeping ability).

Here it is growing on wood (still grows noticeably tightly, even on wood)

It was named “Kualakuayan” because it was found near that town, it is a small town in Borneo’s Kalimantan Tengah region. This variety is easy to grow, but slow, and prefers soft (2-3 degrees) and acidic (around 6pH) water. It can easily be grown in a terrarium setting, as this is how it is usually found growing in the wild.
Borneo Kualakuayan location
The unique characteristics of this variety is that:
1. Grows very tightly packed together, even on wood.
2. Lighter green color
3. Little to no ribbing/waving on the edges of the leaves
4. Leaves grow to a max length of about 1 1/2 in. and 1/2 in. wide
5. This variety is a creeping one, it will grow a bit vertically if put in certain conditions (usually when put onto wood/ if lighting is low) but as a whole this plant will typically send runners, by far the most unique characteristic of this variety.

Photo credit goes to Heatwave
Heatwave B.kuala#1-1
Heatwave B.kuala#1-2

I hope you enjoyed this article! More to come in the following weeks so check back often 🙂
Take care all!