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Selaginella asprella
BLUISH SPIKE-MOSS

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Family: SelaginellaceaeView Description 

Common Name: SPIKE-MOSS FAMILY
Stem: wiry, generally rooting adventitiously [or not], branching variable, generally not fragile when dry. Leaf: many, simple, overlapped, appressed, small, +- scale-like, 1-veined, generally grooved abaxially [or not] nearly to tip, generally +- of 2 kinds ("under-leaves" under main stem, "over-leaves" over it). Cone: paired or 1, terminal, generally 4-sided, fertile leaves not like sterile, generally strongly keeled. Sporangia: 1 per leaf axil, 2 kinds, male (generally more distal in cones, spores many, small), female (spores (1)4, large, generally orange-yellow).
Genera In Family: 1 genus, +- 700 species: worldwide, generally tropics, warm temperate.
eFlora Treatment Author: Paul Wilson & Thomas J. Rosatti
Scientific Editor: Alan R. Smith, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: SelaginellaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: SPIKE-MOSS

Etymology: (Latin: small Selago, ancient name for some Lycopodium) Note: Some cultivated as groundcover, curiosity: Selaginella kraussiana (Kunze) A. Braun; Selaginella lepidophylla (Hook. & Grev.) Spring, resurrection plant. Hand lens, generally at +- 20×, required for leaves (shape, margin, awn at tip), cones. Selaginella kraussiana may be naturalized in California, differs from native California taxa in leaves lacking abaxial groove.
Unabridged Note: All native California taxa in subgenus Tetragonostachys.

Selaginella asprella Maxon
NATIVE
Habit: Plant in loose mat; green with white cast aging tan then gray. Stem: fragile when dry. Leaf: of main stems 1.5--2.3 mm, 0.4--0.6 mm wide, lanceolate to narrowly so, decurrent, base often sparse-hairy on surface; awns in tufts at stem tips, 0.5--1.4 mm, often > leaf width, wavy, ciliate. Cone: 0.4--2.5 cm.
Ecology: Exposed rocky spots, montane conifer woodland; Elevation: 1080--2700 m. Bioregional Distribution: c SNH, s SN, TR, PR; Distribution Outside California: Baja California. Note: Report in FNANM of northwestern California based on mislabeled specimen.
eFlora Treatment Author: Paul Wilson & Thomas J. Rosatti
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Citation for this treatment: Paul Wilson & Thomas J. Rosatti 2016. Selaginella asprella, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=44042, accessed on September 29, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on September 29, 2016.


Selaginella asprella
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Selaginella asprella
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Selaginella asprella
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Selaginella asprella
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Selaginella asprella
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Selaginella asprella
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Geographic subdivisions for Selaginella asprella:
c SNH, s SN, TR, PR;
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