1-13 Selaginellaceae, spikemoss family

Marian C. Munro, Ruth E. Newell, Nicholas M. Hill


These ground-dwelling mosslike plants are represented in Nova Scotia by only two species. Low-growing and creeping, they are freely branching, arising on sparse roots. Leaves are simple and sessile, sometimes ending in bristles, arranged in 4–6 ranks along the stems. Sporangia are carried in the leaf axils of the distal portion of the stems. Megaspore and microspores are both produced. Some exotic species are cultivated as houseplants. Rooger Lloyd photographed both species.


native ferns, Pteridophyte, spikemoss, species-at-risk, Selaginella

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