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Re Bacopa myriophylloides

>       To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
>       Subject: Bacopa myriophylloides
>       From: Naomi Mizumoto <naomizu at pacbell_net>
>       Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 15:14:05 -0700
>       In-reply-to: <200109170748.f8H7m4615366 at actwin_com>

>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?..................(rest of post deleted)

I had some for a while, but lost it in a massive green water attack, caused
by increasing the light a whole lot, and then adding much too much
Miracle-gro.  What you got was grown emersed, and the bud-like things are
very likely flower buds.  Tear one apart and see if it has petals and
stamens inside it.  When grown submersed, the plant has longer, more
slender leaves.

Although my plants didn't last too long, they seemed to like an open
well-lit situation.  They stop growing quickly, if nutrients are limited,
and probably do not compete well with other species when nitrogen and
phosphorus are being fought over.  They should be amenable to being pruned
back to about 6 inches.  Hemianthus micranthemoides, by the way, should be
amenable to being pruned back to about an inch or so, as long as it is not
being crowded and shaded.

Paul Krombholz, in central Mississippi, with our mini-dry spell coming to
an end.