Dichondra carolinensis Michx. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Dichondra. It was named and first described by André Michaux in Flora Boreali-Americana in 1803.
Dichondra J.R.Forst. & G.Forst is the correct and accepted name for the genus. It was named and described by Johann Reinhold Forster and Johann Georg Adam Forster in Characteres Generum Plantarum in 1776. Johann Reinhold Forster was the father of Johann Georg Forster.
According to Plants of the World Online, there are 15 accepted species of Dichondra. Ummm, they all look alike to me and even their descriptions seem the same. Some species overlap ranges (several in Texas) while others are native to MANY other parts of the world. I decided the species growing at the mansion was Dichondra carolinensis because they appear to be the only species native to Mississippi.
The uses for Dichondra are varied and interesting. Some people plant it in their lawns while others fight to get rid of it. There are even a few cultivars available as they look really good in hanging baskets.
Well, it all goes to show you that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I didn’t mind the Dichondra growing in the yard and even in the pots for a while. Then I had to pull it out of the pot with the Aloe maculata because it became so thick. It never amounted to much in the yard and I think it even eventually disappeared just as suddenly as it appeared.
Maybe someday the Dichondra and I will meet again. Who knows what life has in store with its many wonders.
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