Are you getting Bucephalandra melt?
Many species of Bucephalandra grow on long, thin rhizomes that can sometimes be mistaken as stems. Black Mist, Krivbass, Raven, and Kedagang are all examples of Buce with small leaves that grow vertically off of long rhizomes. If you ever get a piece with bare rhizome, leave it in your tank emersed or submerged and after several weeks, new growth can occur. Don’t throw those rhizomes away!
Stages of Black Mist growth:
1. New shoots are just starting to develop along the rhizome. They look like tiny red spikes or roots:
2. The new shoots get a bit longer and split into reddish purple leaves:
3. As the new leaves grow taller and larger, they develop more of a green to dark green
4. Here is a fully grown patch of Black Mist:
Note: Dead rhizomes are black and brittle like the part shown on the left side. Even though this side is pretty much dead, new growth can still appear like the healthy portion on the right.
Remove all dead rhizomes, save the rest!