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Native Plants in disguise

In a message dated 12/11/2001 9:56:11 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

<< I gathered other species including ludwigia.  Some of
 these are probably terrestrial plants, but I figure it
 wouldn't hurt to throw them underwater and see what
 happens, since I couldn't identify them. >>

In the wild, that's where you'll find most Ludwigia, Bacopa and "pennywort" 
-- as dense, small-leaved, ground hugging terrestrials near, but not in 
water. I too walked all over them as a kid - not realizing what they were - 
while at the very same time shelling out hard-earned paper route money for 
them at the LFS. 

Put them in a tank and they survive just fine, growing larger, much more 
attractive leaves. 

I'm still hoping to stumble across Ludwigia arcuata, Proserpinaca and Lobelia 
cardinalis in the wild. I hear they're around...

Bob Olesen
West Palm Beach