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In a message dated 5/19/00 3:54:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:
<< The plant I have been trying to identify is almost
positively Elocharis minima (spelling?). It looks
cool and has been growing "slowly but surely". New
plants grow from the tips of older leaves, and it's
much thinner than the acicularis specie >>
New plants grow from the tips of Eleocharis vivipara.
There appear to be several species of "hairgrass" growing here in southern
Florida. There's the vivipara and acicularis - plus the coarser geniculata
and montevidensis. The other day, while shuffling through the sandy shallows
of a local lake in search of the Florida Fl... eer, ... American Flag Fish -
I suddenly felt an odd sensation beneath my bare feet - a sensation not
unlike the texture of a carpet.
Though I could easily see the bottom through the clear water, I didn't really
notice anything but white sand and the occasional E. geniculata. Feeling
around through that sand, however, my fingers encountered a fine, hairlike
infrastructure. Reaching further down into the sand - down below this
underlying, and now obvious network of roots - I pulled up a great gob of
what looked for all the world like fine, freshly sprouted rye grass - right
down to the light green color.
"AH HA"! I said to myself, this has got be what that politically incorrect,
ball-and-chain hugger, Dwight, calls "carpet grass." But what on earth is
this stuff really? Yet another form of Eleocharis or is it perhaps even some
subspecies of Echinodorus tennellus? The cylindrical hairs are about 1/4
thicker than the hairs of Myriophyllum heterophyllum (Red Foxtail) that I
have it next to in a holding tank. One thing's for sure, it looks pretty cool
in the aquarium and if this stuff- whatever it is - grows this thick, tight
and compact while half-burried in sand and under two feet of water in the
wild - what's it going to look like after a couple weeks under 220 W of PC
Guess I'll just have to wait and see....
West Palm Beach