Synonyms of Dichondra carolinensis (3) (Updated on 1-20-21): Demidofia repens J.F.Gmel., Dichondra caroliniana Willd. ex DC., Dichondra evolvulacea var. carolinensis (Michx.) Kuntze
Dichondra carolinensis Michx. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Dichondra. It was named and described as such by André Michaux in Flora Boreali-Americana in 1803.
The genus, Dichondra J.R.Forst. & G.Forst, was named and described as such 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.
Plants of the World Online still lists 15 species in the Dichondra genus (as of 1-20-21 when I am updating this page). It is a member of the plant family Convolvulaceae with 59 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.
I decided the species growing at the mansion was Dichondra carolinensis because they appear to be the only species native in Mississippi. Some species overlap ranges (several in Texas) while others are native to other parts of the world.
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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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