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Common (vernacular) names applied to California vascular plants

compiled by Elizabeth Painter

up to date as of May 1, 2016

Common names (also referred to as vernacular names) are applied differently at different times and places by different users. This list is compiled from many sources and is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. It is not intended to indicate which common name is correct or preferred. Please send comments about this page to Elizabeth Painter (

TaxonSelaginella kraussiana
Family common name(s)spike-moss; spike moss; spikemoss; moss-fern; moss fern; mossfern
Genus common name(s)selaginella; spike-moss; spikemoss; spike moss; moss-fern; moss fern; mossfern; clubmoss fern; club moss fern; club moss-fern
Species common name(s)Krauss's selaginella; Krauss's spike-moss; Krauss's spike moss; Krauss's spikemoss; Krauss's club-moss; Krauss's clubmoss; Krauss' selaginella; Krauss' spike-moss; Krauss' spike moss; Krauss' spikemoss; Krauss' club-moss; Krauss' clubmoss; Krauss selaginella; Krauss spike-moss; Krauss spike moss; Krauss spikemoss; Krauss club-moss; Krauss clubmoss; mat spike-moss; mat spike moss; mat spikemoss; forest selaginella; mossy club-moss
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxatrailing spike-moss, trailing spike moss, trailing spikemoss, spreading club-moss, spreading club moss, spreading clubmoss, garden selaginella, small clubmoss, small club-moss, small club moss, staghorn moss are applied to multiple Selaginella taxa; resurrection fern is applied taxa in multiple families
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