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    Hi Travis

    I'm no pygmy expert but if you scroll back and look at the pygmy photos posted, you'll notice the similarity in structure between all of them and you can see how different your plant looks from them. Also note the "hairy cone" in the center (can't remember the term at the moment). (Where is Tamlin when you need the botanical terms&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]. Just because a 'dew is small doesn't mean it is a pygmy.

    There are some small form spatulatas...maybe someone can ID your plant.

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    Thanks PlantAKiss. I never knew about the cone in the middle of the pygmy dews. Learn something new everyday.

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    Also note the "hairy cone" in the center (can't remember the term at the moment).[/QUOTE]

    The hairy cone is called stipule, used to deflect the sun's rays.

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    I have been offline for close to a month, and just got the computer back, so please forgive the delay in reply.

    As Suzanne mentioned, this is not a pygmy species. I think it is likely D. capillaris or possibly D. spatulata. It looks to be a well grown plant though. I will set you up with some gemmae in late fall so you can experience these plants for yourself.

    In addition to offering pygmy species some protection from the summer sun, they also act like a springboard, placing tension against the developing gemmae so when the first raindrops hit them they propel the gemmae a good distance: part of the evolutionary strategy needed to replenish the populations decimated by the harsh summer conditions. They really can pop off and go a good distance when they do!
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    Here's a question. Can a pygmy divide? On of my Pygmies now has two growing points and two stipules. Do I leave it alone?
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    Some species do divide. Yup. Just leave it alone. Two heads are better than one.
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    Or none if you divide!

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    Thank you much. I will leave it be. It makes for an interesting look.
    I am just like a Super Hero, but without the power or motivation.................and the funky suit.

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