Originally Posted by madmax
Efren. I agree with you. I think that we need to make it more difficult once you get to senior and above. I think when Bill, Cavan, and myself redid the requirements we were afraid to make it too difficult. I think the requirements should go more along the lines of what you just proposed. It should take a lot of time and hard work to get to Grand Master.
Remember its not just the level requirements, we have lowered the point value for many plants, increased the requirements to complete the classes and added a new class that must be completed to reach Grand Master.
The proposed new classes are:
The number of species required to complete a class are listed in parenthesis after the class description.
Class A - Most Small Surface & Near Surface Type Plants (6 species)
Small plants floating on the surface of the water. They typically have some parts reduced (roots, stems, or leaves) and for nourishment they are dependent on dissolved matter in the water. They are free floating and do not root to any substrate.
5 points: All Lemna species, Spirodella polyrhiza, Riccia fluitans, Wolffia arrhiza, all species not mentioned in other point groups.
10 points: Azolla caroliniana, Limnobium stoloniferum, Limnobium spongia, Limnobium laevigatum, Salvinia auriculata
15 points: Salvinia auriculata
20 points: Salvinia cucullata
Class B - Most Large Surface & Free Floating Type Plants (6 species)
Larger floating plants. Some have floating leaves exposed to the air and others like Ceratophyllum stay submerged but do not form true roots.
5 points: All Ceratophyllum species, Utricularia gibba
10 points: Ludwigia helminthorrhiza, Ludwigia sediodes, all species not mentioned in other point groups.
15 points: Pistia stratiotes and all Eichhornia species,
20 points: All free floating Utricularia species not mentioned in other point groups.
Targets: Aldrovanda vesiculosa
Class C -All Sagittaria & Vallisernia Type Plants (6 species)
These are submersed plants with long leaves which are thread-shaped or ribbon-shaped, creating a rosette. They root on the bottom and flower on the surface of the water with the exception of male Vallisneria flowers.
5 points: Vallisneria spiralis
10 points: Eleocharis acicularis, Eleocharis parvula, Eleocharis vivipara, Sagittaria eatonii, Sagittaria graminea, Sagittaria subulata v. subulata, Vallisneria asiatica, Vallisneria americana, Vallisneria gigantea, Vallisneria natans, all species not mentioned in other groups
15 points: Subularia aquatica
20 points: Blyxa aubertii, Cyperus helferi
Targets: Blyxa japonica and Blyxa novoguineensis
Class D - All Anubias, Aponogeton & Cryptocoryne Type Plants (6 species)
Rosette plants with their leaves submersed and with distinct petioles.
5 points: None
10 points: All species not mentioned in other groups.
15 points: Aponogeton ulvaceus, Aponogeton undulatus, all Anubias species and all Cryptocoryne species not mentioned in other groups.
20 points: All Aponogeton species not mentioned in other groups (except A. didistachyus in Class F) and all Lagenandra species.
Targets: Aponogeton berierianus, and Aponogeton madagascariensis, Cryptocoryne nuri and Cryptocoryne auriculata, Ottelia alismoides and Ottelia ulvifolia
Class E - All Amazon Sword and Crinum Plants (5 species)
Rosette and bulb type plants.
5 points: None.
10 points: Echinodorus tenellus and all species not mentioned in other groups.
15 points: Crinum aquatica, Crinum natans, Crinum thaianum and all Echinodorus species not mentioned in other groups.
20 points: Samolus parviflorus
Class F - Water Lily Type Plants (3 species)
Plants which root in the mud with the roots growing from a stout rootstock. The leaves have long petioles (stems) and they float on the surface of the water. The flowers are on the surface of the water, and the fruits sink after ripening.
5 points: Aponogeton distachyus
10 points:, all species not mentioned in other groups.
15 points: Barclaya longifolia, all Nupar species, all Nymphaea species and Nymphoides aquatica.
20 points: All species of Orontium.
Targets: All species of Brasenia.
Class G - Stem Plants (10 species)
Plants with long stems with leaves which root in the mud. They are dependent on life in the water, but at the same time can have contact with the air. (floating leaves, immersed part of the stem and the blossoms). The roots must remain moist, but the stems can grow in or out of the water. Many aquarium species belong to this group.
5 points: all Elodea species, Hygrophilia polysperma
10 points: All Hygrophilia species (except H. polysperma) and all species not mentioned in other groups.
15 points: Cabomba caroliniana, Ludwigia glandulosa and all Myriophyllum species.
20 points: Hottonia palustris, , Eichhornia diversifolia, Eichhornia azurea, Ammania species, Nesaea pedicillata, Cabomba furcata and Cabomba aquatica
Targets: Ludwigia inclinata, Eusteralis stellata, Rotala wallichi, Rotala macrandra, Nesaea sp “red”, Blyxa alternifolia
Class H - Most Bog Type Plants (8 species)
Shore plants living only in the partly emerged and terrestrial phases and bog plants. They typically have a short submerged stage. Normally grows with the water level below the surface, but the roots must reach the water level. The leaves are normally out of the water, but can tolerate being submerged for prolonged periods of time
5 points: Sparganium species
10 points: All species not mentioned in other groups.
15 points: Limnacharis flava
Targets: Regnellidium diphyllum
Class I - All Marine Plants (3 Green, 1 Red, 1 Brown, 2 vascular)
Marine Macroalga (Green, Red & Brown) and Grasses. Macroalga are large enough to be easily seen and examined. Microalga, which are not eligible include the many microscopic, mostly single-celled forms. The vascular marine plants are mostly flowering grasses. Some of these grasses can also tolerate brackish water, but all are included here.
Red Macro Algae (Rhodophyta)
5 points: None.
10 points: Galaxaura marginata
15 points: Galaxaura oblongata
20 points: All species of red macroalga not included in other point classes.
Targets: Acanthophora spicifera, Anotrichum barbatum, Asparagopsis taxiformis, Callithamnion cordatum, All Chondria species, All Dasya species, Dictyurus accidentalis,
Griffithsia globulifera, All Jania species, Martensia pavonia, and Trichogloepsis pedicellata
Green Macro Algae
5 points: Caulerpa mexicana, C. prolifera, C. racemosa var. peltata, C. racemosa var. racemosa, C. serularioides, C. toxifolia, Chaetomorpha linum, Enteromorpha flexuosa,
10 points: All Bryopsis species, Caulerpa crassifolia, C. lanuginosa, C. serrulata, & C. taxifolia, all Chadtomorpha species, Cladophora prolifera, all Chaetomorpha species not in other groups, and Codium decorticatum
15 points: Batophora oerstedii, Caulerpa cupressoides & C. verticillata, all Chadtomorpha species, all Cladocephalus species, Codium repens, Dasycladus vermicularis, Dictyophaeria cavernosa, Neomeris annulata, All Penicillus species, All Rhipilea species, and All Ulva species
20 points: All species of green macroalga not mentioned in other point classes
Targets: All Chamaedons species, Cymopolia barbarta, Halimeda lacrimosa & H. opuntia, Ulvarua oxysperma,
Brown Macro Algae
5 points: None.
10 points: None.
15 points: None.
20 points: All species of brown macroalga not mentioned in other point classes.
Targets: Dictyota bartayresii, D. divaricata & D. linearis, Lobophora variegata, Rosenvingea intricata,and All Turbinaria species
Marine Vascular plants
10 points: Thalassia testudinim and all species of marine plants vascuclar plants not mentioned in other groups.
15 points: Halophila englemannii
20 points: Halophila decipiens
Targets: Any species reproduced by sexual reproduction; producing flowers, seeds and seedlings. [[[This must be more specific]]]
Class J – Creeping Shoot Plants (5 species)
This class includes low growing plants that spread by a creeping shoot bearing a new leaf at a regular interval.
5 points: Marsilia quadrifolia, Marsilea mutica.
10 points: Hydrocotyle leucocephala, Hydrocotyle verticillata, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Lilaeopsis mauritiana, Lilaeopsis novae-zealandiae, Marsilia crenata, Marsilia drummondii, Ranunculus limosella, Sellaria radicans, all plants not mentioned in other groups.
15 points: Elatine triandra, Glossostigma diandra, Glossostigma elatinoides,
20 points: Hydrocotyle vulgaris, Hydrocotyle sibthorpiodes, Marsilea species, Pilularia species, Utricularia tricolor
Class K – Aquatic Ferns and Mosses (6 species)
This class contains all aquatic ferns and mosses not listed in other categories. All species herein grow under water as a normal circumstance.
5 points: Vesicularia dubyana, all species of Ceratopterus, all species of Microsorium
10 points: Bolbitis heudelotii,
15 points: Bolbitis heteroclita, Fontinalis antipyretica
20 points: None.
Targets: All species of Isotes.
Class L Native Plants (7 species)
Any freshwater or brackish species that is endemic to any of the 50 states in the US. It cannot be an introduced species.
[[[To be done: list the species point values and move natives from other classes to this one.]]]