Selaginella selaginoides (L.) Link

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Selaginella selaginoides (L.) Link

  • Description

    Species Description - Sterile stems prostrate, mostly 2–5 cm, without rhizophores; fertile stems erect, 6–10(–20) cm, 0.4–0.5 mm thick (excl. lvs); lvs spirally arranged, ascending or spreading, thin, lanceolate, remotely spinulose-toothed, acuminate, not bristle-tipped, to 4 × 1 mm; cones subcylindric, mostly 1.5–3 cm, to 5 mm wide, the sporophylls mostly 10-ranked, larger and more prominently spinulose than the lvs; megaspores pale yellowish, 0.5 mm wide, with low tubercles on the commissural faces; 2n=18. Open rocks and wet banks; circumboreal, s. to N.S., n. Mich., n. Minn., and Nev.

  • Common Names

    northern spikemoss