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Re: Extinct

Since Hemianthus micranthemoides is so easily propagated vegetatively, I
doubt that any aquariasts are propagating it by seed.  Assuming that it is
not being reproduced in culture sexually, but rather asexually, its genetic
make-up is going to remain essentially unchanged over the time it has been
in the aquarium trade.  Thus, I argue that it could still be returned to
its natural habitat and have a good chance of re-establishing itself,
provided that such natural habitat still exists.  it seems like a pretty
tough little plant to me, and I am pretty sure I saw it growing emersed in
a gravelly area at the edge of Black Creek in the Desoto National Forest.

If any one were trying to re-establish it, they would not have to worry
about it having been changed to the point where it could no longer survive
in the wild.  Just look at how Hygrophila polysperma has become a noxious
weed in some southern rivers.  I read somewhere that it is even crowing out
Hydrilla, and that takes some doing!

Paul Krombholz in chilly central Mississippi, where last night's freeze was
lighter than expected.