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Old 10-05-2010, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default When will we see Bucephalandra?

When will we be able to get Bucephalandra in America? I have seen incredible pics people in other countries grow it.

The plants stay small and look like a cross between Cryptocoryne and Anubias. Does anyone know anything about them or know where I can get a tiny sprig?

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Old 10-05-2010, 01:03 AM   #2
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When you find out let me know too. I'm considering smuggling at this point I just have to make a connection in Borneo then hire a lawyer, a few aliases and a network of mules and we'll be ready to go.

I understand they grow at a painfully slow rate, that's something that would definitely limit their availability. I wonder if they grow slow enough to even make a dedicated orchidist lose his patience? Definitely a perfect candidate for home cloning, just getting the explant material is the problem.

I have a vague memory of just one person stateside having just one or two youngish specimens on APC. I know I saw it there somewhere, may have been here. Memories failing me right now. I wanna say AaronT but that doesn't seem right. He's great for ridiculously rare stuff. If anyone would have a connection for rare aquatic Aroids it would be him.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:01 AM   #3
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FYI various Bucephalandras have been in the U.S. for a while now. I have a couple pics on my flickr page. http://www.flickr.com/photos/30084845@N08/page3/
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FYI various Bucephalandras have been in the U.S. for a while now. I have a couple pics on my flickr page. http://www.flickr.com/photos/30084845@N08/page3/
Let me guess, you're not parting with any of them for love nor money ?
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I think it was manini on APC
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:54 AM   #6
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maybe you could give us some insight on how to grow it? does it grow fast or slow like they say?
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Bucephalandra is something I plan on offering in the future.
I should have a few species available for sale by the Fall.
Prices will be much less then what anyone has posted before in the past so everyone gets their hands on them.

No one is stocking them in the states so I will. 3-4 months.

Slow grower, slower then Anubias for most. Again, once you give it everything it needs it can flourish.
Bigger the rhizome, the faster the growth. Co2 is a plus, grows best emersed.

People are still charging up to $300.00 for a 2 inch sprig.

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Old 05-18-2011, 06:17 PM   #8
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Illegal to ship across country to country without photo sanitary certificate and import license. If customs catches the box, you get a nice fine here in the USA.

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Rainer, keep your political comments to yourself on the board.
Which political comments would those be?

If you mean "PIGs", it's an acronym for the group of countries whose economic difficulties have weighed heaviest on the Euro recently: Portugal, Ireland, Greece. Without them, the exchange rate with the USD - already very bad - would have been extremely painful.
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Ignore my previous comment. I was not sure what you were referring to.
Just deleted that line, sorry,
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Illegal, and you can get fined for it if they catch you here in the USA. I think up to $10,000. Who wants any fine, even a $100.00 fine anyways.

I should have a few types available in the fall.
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If you want to do it legally it isn't too difficult. You just need to go to a customs office with the plants labeled, they'll give you a hard time for a bit charge you something around $60 an hour, and then let it be.

The import side needs some paperwork and an import permit but it also isn't too tough from my knowledge. So instead of saying it is impossible buy from me, I think we should promote discussions that follow the law and promote exchange of plants legally because you are right, they are cracking down on it and knowingly smuggling plants into the US can land you a hefty fine and possible jail time.

The best place to look the specifics up is probably the USDA website. I used to have the right links but it has been a few years and I've lost them.

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I want to try Bucephalandra in a riparium. It would be so awesome to try some of those other rare related rheophytic plants too like Piptospatha, but those are almost impossible to find here in the US.
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:59 AM   #14
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Make sure and send me a PM if you do start selling this GordonRichards.

I'd never heard of this plant before this thread. Do I understand correctly that it has a creeping, above the substrate, rhizome?
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Old 07-09-2011, 04:29 PM   #15
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New delivery of species, this time from Asia:

Small endemic grass, from borneo. Also can flowering:
Aridarum cf. caulescens ‘angustifolium'


Picture in nature:



Bucephalandra "Kayu Lapis1"
I think that it is one of the smalles Bucephalandra. Long, curly leaves.



Plant is still young, in future should be looking like that:


Bucephalandra "Pearl Grey"
Beauty shining, you must see in real.


Bucephalandra "Sekadau1"
Small bucephalandra, similar to Kayu Lapis but it has longer leaves, less curly


Picture from other source:


I am sorry that you have not possibility to ordered these beauty plants from overseas.
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