May 2019 Meeting

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at 6:51 pm

Ghazanfar Ghori hosted 23 people at his home in Brambleton, Virginia. He delivered an in depth talk about the genus Bucephalandra.

Bucephalandra is a part of the Aroids family. This family has over 4,000 known species. Bucephalandra are endemic to Borneo. Until a few years ago, the Bucephalandra genus only had 3 known species, but now there are over 60 known species. More are being discovered every year.

Bucephalandra grow in and around freshwater streams on rocks. They are occasionally submersed, but always need to be moist. Bucephalandra display a variety of different morphology: clumping, creeping, or upright.

These plants can be grown via tissue culture, cutting, or seeds. Differentiating between species is done by identifying the plants’ flowers.

Bucephalandra have been widely over collected in some places, so in order to protect them in the wild, buy commercially produced plants!

Here are some photos from the talk and Ghazanfar’s bucephalandra: