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Selaginella eremophila
DESERT 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 eremophila Maxon
NATIVE
Habit: Plant a mat, loosely spreading at margins where branching sub-pinnate; green aging orange-brown. Leaf: of main stem 0.4--0.6 mm wide, tip pointed up, acute; under-leaf of main stem 1.5--3 mm, +- lanceolate or sickle-shaped, decurrent, over-leaf 1.3--1.5 mm, lanceolate, not decurrent, base hairy or not; awn 0--0.03 mm. Cone: sparse, 3--10 mm.
Ecology: Shaded sites, sandy or gravelly soils, at base of rocks, in cracks; Elevation: < 1100 m. Bioregional Distribution: e PR, DSon; Distribution Outside California: to Arizona, northern Mexico.
eFlora Treatment Author: Paul Wilson & Thomas J. Rosatti
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Citation for this treatment: Paul Wilson & Thomas J. Rosatti 2016. Selaginella eremophila, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=44055, accessed on February 11, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 11, 2016.


Selaginella eremophila
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Selaginella eremophila
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Selaginella eremophila
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Selaginella eremophila
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Selaginella eremophila
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Geographic subdivisions for Selaginella eremophila:
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