THE GENUS BUCEPHALANDRA – PART 4 – BUCEPHALANDRA AKANTHA
So it’s time to write something about the various species, I’ll go in alphabetically order, so I will start with Bucephalandra akantha, wich was described in 2014 by S. Y. Wong & P. C. Boyce.
The holotype (plant used for the description of the species) was collected in 2012 in Malaysian Borneo (see green mark on the map), his distribution (see red mark on the map) is relatively big ranging from Bahagian Kuching (Sarawak) to Kabupaten Sanggau (Kalimantan Barat), but a wider distributions is not excluded.
The natural habitat of Bucephalandra akantha is on granite and sandstone riverside rocks in perhumid lowland forest, it’s usually found between 100 and 200 m elevations. Is also interesting the fact that in Sarawak occurs allopatrically (closely related species occupying separate non overlapping geographical area) of the alkaline-geology obligate B. bongeri, in fact the two species have a similar appearance and can be mistaken, when flower are not present.
In nature, in emersed grow can reach up to 17 cm and occur mainly as individual plants, only occasionally can be found in small sort of clumps.
As entering in the detail of each part of the plants can be annoying or even frustrating for some, I made a super quick overview of the plant in emerged and submerged conditions:
This small table can give you an idea, but is not meant to be used for plants determinations, as the method used for determination refer to the flowers and has nothing to do with this table, in fact Bucephaladra akantha differ from all other species by the staminate flowers with divergent sharply angled thecae and stout, stiff thecae horns.
The species in aquarium is known with commercial names such as: pearl gray, silver pearl gray, silver gray, and other fantasy names given by sellers.
Be careful, don’t take this as gold, because some seller can sell other plants under the same name or sell them under other name to artificially increase their offer. Beside this fact there are also some artificial hybrids between this and other Bephalandra spescies for example the B. sphatulifolia x B. akantha hybrid obtained by Sergey Bodyagin and probably there are also natural hybrids.
Sorry if I don’t have picture of the plant and flower, as some of you might know, I’m actually working away from home and moving from place to place every 3 months so here I don’t have aquariums, furthermore I sold 98% of all Bucephalandra I had in my collection between december 2015 and july 2016 during the few weeks I was at home. This mean that I don’t have this Bucephalandra anymore and I’m not able to take picture of the emerged plants, submerged plant or do any type of macro and microscope pictures.
This are just very easy short articles, not full articles, for that I need to have a more stable situation, buy plants, have place and time to make a proper detailed work 😉