Monographs Details: Selaginella ovifolia Baker
Authority: Proctor, George R. 1989. Ferns of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 53: 1-389.
Description:Species Description - Plants laxly imbricate, forming a thin mat.
Stems prostrate, filiform, 5-15 cm long, producing
short capillary rhizophores at all the nodes.
Branches few, distant (1-2 cm apart), altemate,
short and simple, or a few lower ones to 4 cm
long with 3-6 short, simple, altemate divisions.
Lateral leaves of main stem and larger branches
spreading, distant, roundish-ovate to broadly elliptic,
1.5-2 mm long, 1-1.5 mm broad, acute
and mucronulate at the apex, rounded-subcordate
at base, lightly costate and with very slightly
sclerotic, ciliate margins; tissue delicately membranous,
pellucid, bright green above, pale and
lustrous beneath. Median leaves ovate, 0.6-1.2
mm long, falcate-acuminate, with cuspidate, upcurved
tips. Strobiles 2-3 mm long; sporophylls
deltate-ovate, 0.7-1.3 mm long, unequal, acuminate, carinate, ciliolate.
Discussion:Type. Schwanecke s.n., from Puerto Rico (K).
Distribution:Belize Central America
| Jamaica South America
| Haiti South America
| Dominican Republic South America
| Puerto Rico South America