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Re: Amano Pearl Grass
>Hope someone can help me out. I'm looking for the species name for Amano's
>Pearl grass. My plants were obtained from someone who got them from Amano.
>Hemianthus xxx. I've been specifically told that it's not micranthemoides.
>Got some at the wonderful AGA meeting and it's growing like a weed :-)
>Should fill up the foreground in (hopefully) a couple of months. That plant
>alone almost made the trip to the meeting worthwhile, not to mention the
>other 15 varieties that I managed to trade for or pick up at the silent
>auction. Can't wait for the next one!
Hemianthus micranthemoides I am told, is the "Amano" variety usually
refered to as "Pearlgrass". You can identify it b/c it has a pair of
leaves at each joint. Pearlgrass is the easier of the two to grow IMHO.
I suspect that this is the one you have.
Hemianthus umbrosum is what I've seen being sold as "Baby tears". It is
the more demanding plant. I identify it b/c it has 3-4 leaves at each
joint. I am told it is an American var. I'm not entirely convinced they
are different sp. They could be distinct var. of the same species. I am
willing to accept arguements either way.
I have chosen to identify them both as Hemianthus micranthemoides and
specify their common names so folks know they are two distinct & DIFFERENT