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Bacopa myriophylloides

Hi, all! Yesterday I bought some Bacopa myriophylloides, even though I 
haven't been able to find much useful information on the species. The few 
photos I've found on various sites look *very* different from the things I 
bought. Mine remind me a little of rosemary, with the slightly succulent, 
but short leaves. About a dozen radiate from each node, and the nodes are 
about a centimeter apart. I asked the store employee if maybe they were 
grown emerged, but she said they would indicate this on their plant/price 
list, and there was nothing. What confuses me most is that some of the 
nodes have a long shoot with a single bud on the end, which looks like a 
miniature rosebud, unopened. I'm wondering what these are. Is this how they 
branch out and form new stems?

Does anybody have any experience growing these? Any tips on how best to 
care for them? Right now, they are in my 2.5-gallon plant tank with an 
8-watt fluorescent strip light and 100% Flourite substrate. I have CO2 
bubbling into the AquaClear MINI filter and the temperature stays between 
76 and 79F. According to the info I could find, they'll grow to 12" in 
height so I'll eventually have to move them or get rid of them (like I did 
my H. micranthemoides). I also have Lobelia cardinalis 'small form', E. 
tenellus 'broad leaf' (apparently different from E. quadricostatus 
'magdalenensis'), and E. parviflorus, all growing beautifully in this tank. 
The older leaves of the E. parviflorus and L. cardinalis seem to get 
affected by what looks like green spot algae, but the fairly large 
population of Malaysian trumpet snails and guppies (mom with 10 
one-week-old fry) seem to be enough to keep algae to a minimum.

I guess my main questions are: 1)What's up with the little bud thingies, 
and 2)is the plant particularly difficult to care for? Thanks. Or 'tanks.'