Horticultural Award Program (HAP)

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Horticultural Award Program (HAP)

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We hope to get this program going again soon. In the meantime, does anyone have a copy of the rules that they can upload? They seem to have gotten lost.
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Re: Horticultural Award Program (HAP)

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So, the HAP message section was part of the 4.5 years of messages that we lost (6/2017–1/2023), when our forum was accidentally let to lapse during Covid. I found the following information in a file on our Facebook group. I'm not sure if this was the latest version of HAP rules, or even adopted, but it could be used to help cobble the HAP program back together:



Adapted in part from Raleigh Aquarium Society HAP

The Northwest Arkansas Aquarium Society has started its Horticulture Award Program (HAP) to encourage members to maintain aquatic plants and to share with others the knowledge they have gained. The program is open to all members. Points are awarded according to plant hardiness and general level of difficulty. For more information, feel free to contact our HAP Chair: Joanne Johnson (disfanjoanne@gmail.com).


1. To promote the keeping and propagation of aquatic plants in home aquaria;

2. To gather and disseminate information about cultivation, maintenance and propagation methods;

3. To increase the availability of rare or hard to obtain varieties among aquarium hobbyists


1. A doubling of the original amount of plant material is necessary to receive credit for reproducing bunch plants or floating plants.

2. The reproduction of one separate plant is sufficient in the case of plants that produce runners (like Amazon swords).

3. Plants produced sexually must be large enough to identify as the same as the parent plant.

4. Ferns and plants reproduced by rhizome division (such as Anubias) must be free of the parent plant and at least 1/4 the size of the parent plant.

5. Propagation by seed points will be awarded in addition to points awarded for flowering.

6. Points for flowering of plants may be awarded for either submerged or emersed specimens.


1. Points are awarded for only one reproduction of each species.

2. Seeds must have been propagated from the breeder’s own plants.

3. Report forms should be given to the HAP chairperson or any NWAAS board member either by e­mail or at the monthly meeting.

5. The aquarist must be a member in good standing (dues paid) of the NorthWest Arkansas Aquarium Society.

6. All participants are encouraged to give a short oral report of the details involved in propagation of plants that have been submitted for points. An article to be published in the monthly bulletin would be greatly appreciated for any plants, especially in class D -­ F.

7. Propagations and/or tanks should ideally be witnessed by a NWAAS member. A photograph is desirable.


A certificate will be awarded to recognize your accomplishments at the following levels:

Novice Plant Breeder 50 points, any class

Aquatic Horticulturist 100 points, max 50 in class A

Advanced Aquatic Horticulturist 200 points, at least one in class C

Expert Aquatic Horticulturist 300 points, oral report or written article

Master Aquatic Horticulturist 400 points, present a program at a general meeting


Hardiness classifications and scientific nomenclature from http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/plantfinder/ Species with strikethrough line are noxious weeds as listed by USDA or Arkansas and are prohibited in AR and are not allowed in the NWASS HAP


Anubias barteri var. barteri Anubias barteri var. nana

Anubias barteri var. nana 'Marble' Anubias barteri var. nana 'Petite'

Bacopa australis Ceratophyllum demersum (hornwort)

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green Gecko' Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya'

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Red' Egeria densa (anacharis, elodea)

Egeria najas Hydrilla verticillata

Hydrocotyle leucocephala (penny wort ) Hygrophila polysperma

Hygrophila polysperma 'Ceylon' Hygrophila sp. 'Tiger'

Lemna minor (duckweed) Microsorum pteropus (Java Fern)

Microsorum pteropus 'Trident' Microsorum pteropus 'Tropica'

Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov' Taxiphyllum barbieri (Java moss)

Utricularia gibba (bladderwort)


Alternanthera aquatica Anubias gracilis

Aponogeton boivinianus Aponogeton crispus

Azolla caroliniana Bacopa caroliniana

Bacopa innominata Bacopa monnieri (moneywort ,water hyssop)

Barclaya longifolia Bolbitis heudelotii

Cardamine lyrata Ceratopteris pteridoides (water sprite)

Cryptocoryne beckettii 'petchii' Cryptocoryne cordata var. cordata 'blassii'

Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae Cryptocoryne parva

Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia Cryptocoryne undulata

Cryptocoryne x willisii 'lucens' Echinodorus berteroi

Echinodorus cordifolius (radican sword) Echinodorus major

Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica' Echinodorus uruguayensis

Echinodorus 'Kleiner Bar' Echinodorus 'Ozelot'

Echinodorus 'Rubin' Echinodorus x barthii (red melon sword)

Eleocharis acicularis (dwarf hair grass) Gymnocoronis spilanthoides

Helanthium bolivianum 'Angustifolius' Helanthium tenellum (pygmy chain sword)

Hemianthus glomeratus (baby tears or pearlgrass) Heteranthera zosterifolia (stargrass)

Hygrophila balsamica Hygrophila corymbosa 'angustifolia'

Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis' Hygrophila corymbosa 'Stricta'

Hygrophila difformis (water wisteria) Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset'

Juncus repens Limnobium laevigatum (frogbit)

Limnophila sessiliflora (ambulia) Lindernia grandiflora

Lobelia cardinalis Lobelia cardinalis 'Small Form'

Ludwigia arcuata Ludwigia brevipes

Ludwigia palustris Ludwigia repens

Ludwigia repens x L. arcuata Ludwigia sedoides

Ludwigia sp. 'Rubin' Ludwigia x lacustris

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' (Creeping Jenny) Marsilea spp.

Microsorum pteropus 'Philippine' Monosolenium tenerum

Myriophyllum mattogrossense Myriophyllum propinquum

Nymphaea lotus 'Red' Nymphaea micrantha

Oldenlandia salzmannii Persicaria sp. 'Kawagoeanum'

Phyllanthus fluitans Potamogeton crispus

Potamogeton gayi Potamogeton perfoliatus

Riccardia chamedryfolia Riccia fluitans (Crystalwort)

Riccia sp. 'Dwarf' Ricciocarpus natans

Rotala rotundifolia Rotala sp. 'Colorata'

Rotala sp. 'Green' Sagittaria subulata

Salvinia minima Salvinia natans

Salvinia oblongifolia Taxiphyllum alternans

Vesicularia ferriei Vesicularia montagnei


Aciotis acuminifolia Acmella repens

Alternanthera reineckii 'lilacina' Alternanthera reineckii 'rosaefolia'

Ammannia capitellata Ammannia gracilis

Bacopa lanigera Bacopa madagascariensis

Bacopa salzmannii Bacopa serpyllifolia

Bacopa sp. 'Colorata' Blyxa aubertii

Blyxa japonica Cabomba caroliniana

Cabomba caroliniana 'Silver­Green' Cabomba palaeformis

Callitriche terrestris Clinopodium brownei

Crinum calamistratum Cyperus helferi

Didiplis diandra Diodia virginiana

Diodia cf. kuntzei Eichhornia diversifolia

Elatine triandra Eriocaulon cinereum

Glossostigma elatinoides Hemianthus callitrichoides (dwarf baby tears)

Hottonia palustris Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

Hydrocotyle verticillata Hydrotriche hottoniiflora

Hygrophila lancea Hygrophila odora

Hygrophila sp. 'Araguaia' Hygrophila sp. 'Bold'

Hygrophila sp. 'Red' Hyptis lorentziana

Lagarosiphon madagascariensis Lilaeopsis brasiliensis

Limnophila aromatica Limnophila repens

Limnophila sp. 'Broad' Limnophila sp. 'Gigantea'

Limnophila sp. 'Guinea Broad­Leaf' Limnophila sp. 'Sulawesi'

Lindernia dubia Lindernia rotundifolia 'Variegated'

Lindernia sp. 'India' Ludwigia glandulosa

Ludwigia inclinata var verticillata 'Araguaia' Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'Cuba'

Ludwigia ovalis Ludwigia sphaerocarpa

Mayaca fluviatilis Micranthemum umbrosum (giant baby tears)

Murdannia keisak Murdannia sp. 'Red'

Myriophyllum aquaticum (Brazilian milfoil) Penthorum sedoides

Persicaria hydropiperoides Persicaria praetermissa

Persicaria sp. 'acre' Persicaria sp. 'Porto Velho'

Persicaria sp. 'Sao Paulo' Poaceae sp. 'Purple Bamboo'

Pogostemon erectus Pogostemon helferi

Pogostemon stellatus 'Broad Leaf' Pogostemon yatabeanus

Potamogeton dentatus Proserpinaca palustris from Cuba

Ranunculus inundatus Rotala indica

Rotala macrandra 'Green' Rotala macrandra 'Green Narrow Leaf'

Rotala macrandra 'Mini Type 2' Rotala macrandra 'Narrow Leaf'

Rotala mexicana 'Araguaia' Rotala mexicana 'Goias'

Rotala ramosior Rotala wallichii

Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan' Rotala sp. 'Sunset'

Rotala sp. 'Vietnam' Saururus cernuus

Saururus chinensis Sphaerocaryum malaccense

Staurogyne stolonifera Staurogyne sp. 'Bihar'

Staurogyne sp. 'Low Grow' Staurogyne sp. 'Porto Velho' 'Type 2'

Utricularia graminifolia


Ammannia crassicaulis Ammannia latifolia

Ammannia pedicellata Aponogeton madagascariensis (M. lace plant)

Blyxa alternifolia Cabomba furcata

Cuphea anagalloidea Eleocharis fluctuans

Eriocaulon setaceum Eriocaulon sp. from Goias

Ludwigia inclinata Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'Pantanal'

Ludwigia senegalensis Myriophyllum tuberculatum

Pogostemon stellatus Rotala macrandra

Rotala macrandra 'Variegated' Syngonanthus sp. 'Belem'

Syngonanthus sp. 'Manaus' Tonina fluviatilis


Ammannia praetermissa Eriocaulon sp. 'Mato Grosso'


Flowering of any plant (one per species allowable)

Propagation of any plant from seeds produced by an aquarist’s plant (one per species allowable)


Northwest Arkansas Aquarium Society
Horticulture Award Program Report

Member Name:

Date Submitted:

Plant Scientific Name:

Plant Common Name:



How long have you had this plant?

Propagation Method

Growing Conditions

Tank Size

Filter Type Water Movement

Water Temperature pH Mineral Hardness Carbonate Hardness

Lighting: type and intensity Duration

Fertilizers: Frequency

CO2 or other carbon enrichment added

Water changes frequency amount

Fishes and other plants in the tank

Other notes

Points may be obtained only once per species / variant / cultivar.

Plant photos or articles should be emailed to Joanne Johnson at disfanjoanne@gmail.com

HAP Official Use

Observed Date Class Points

Auction Donation

Photos Submitted

Certified by Date
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Re: Horticultural Award Program (HAP)

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Awesome that you found it. I had lost the original copy I created.
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