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Old 07-02-2005, 07:47 PM   #1
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Terrestrial plant, grows in shade around bushes?


While taking a walk around the neighborhood today, I noticed that in certain areas where people had shrubs there was a tiny ground covering plant that stayed close to the soil. It seemed to be in shady areas and had almost the appearance and size of H.C. There was no height to it, it was all very close to the soil. Perhaps it is a weed, but looks quite nice and "middle earth"

Wish I knew the name. Wondering if it can be submerged
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Old 07-02-2005, 08:41 PM   #2
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Only one way to find out try it. Post pics
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Old 07-02-2005, 09:20 PM   #3
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yah i think I need to grab a quick handful from my next walk
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Old 07-02-2005, 09:31 PM   #4
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If it lives let me get some.
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Is it either of these?

The first pic is Soleirolia Soleirolii, aka Baby Tears (terrestrial only, sorry). The second is a weed that I don't know the name of.
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Old 07-02-2005, 10:49 PM   #6
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I suspect baby tears, except it seemed to be limited to a height of one (aka doesn't pile). Maybe I'll grab a picture or sample still.
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The baby tears does grow pretty level. The pic is of where it butts up against a big rock and has started crawling up.
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Old 07-07-2005, 12:50 PM   #8
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The first thing that came to my mind was creeping chickweed. It grows in most gardens and easily gets out of control here. Likes a little shade and moisture in the heat of summer. I'm cool and damp enough where you could find it anyplace but in LA I suspect it might get limited to under shrubs in places that might get watered.
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Did it look anything like this?

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Old 07-07-2005, 08:36 PM   #10
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The vast majority of terrestrial plants will not survive submersed, although many of our aquatic plants can grow emersed under appropriate conditions. Lysimachia nummularia is one plant that grows as a terrestric groundcover and it will adapt to growing submersed in your tank, however in a very different shape, closely resembling Bacopa, not the ground-hugging growth from your backyard. Bills second image looks somewhat like L.n. but it could be something else.
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Old 07-07-2005, 10:50 PM   #11
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Bill's first pic looks more like Lysimachia nummularia to me than his second pic.

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Nah, it's just a really close closeup of Soleirollia. But I am not sure what it is in the second pic. Looks too blue-grey and orderly for L.n.
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Nah, it's just a really close closeup of Soleirollia. But I am not sure what it is in the second pic. Looks too blue-grey and orderly for L.n.
Well all the speculation forced me to do a Google search on California weeds which leads me to believe that the weed growing in my yard is actually Creeping spurge (Chamaesyce serpens).

Here's a link to a large pic of what it grows into.
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