Hemianthus micranthemoides
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Hemianthus micranthemoides

Common Names: Pearlweed
Baby's Tears
Pearl Grass
Distribution: Central America
Description: A tiny, delicate stem plant. Leaves are small, ovular, and light green. With proper trimming this plant can maintain a very short dense mat at just 5-6 cm from the substrate.
Potential Height: 15cm   (5.9")
Growth Rate: Medium
Care: This beautiful little foreground plant comes with a few requirements. The first and foremost is very bright light. CO2 is very much recommended and a steady supply of nutrients is a must. Aside from those basic needs, this plant can tolerate a wide range of pH and hardness and makes few other demands.
Difficulty: Moderate
22°C - 28°C
72°F - 82°F
5 - 8
1 dH - 18 dH
Lighting: To stay short and dense very bright light is recommended. 3+ watts per gallon is necessary, at least for a few hours as a midday burst.
Propagation: Cuttings can be taken from any stem, preferably just above the leaf node. This plant also forms runners, and these can be cut as well.
Comments: As far as short foreground plants go, this is one of the easier to care for. Others generally require more light, or more maintanance or both.

Hemianthus micranthemoides is often confused with Micranthemum umbrosum, a plant most often called Baby Tears. This plant grows taller and less compact with larger stem sections between the leaf nodes than micranthemoides and it can handle lower light levels.
Image Credit: mattyboombatty
Submitted By: mattyboombatty
Contributors: mattyboombatty, LITTLE_FISH
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