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Selaginella tamariscina


Selaginella tamariscina (P.Beauv.) Spring

Family Name: Selaginellaceae
Synonyms: Stachygynandrum tamariscinum P.Beauv.


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Ferns & Allies (Non-Seed Vascular Plants) (Clubmoss & Spikemoss)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution China, India, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and Sri Lanka
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Growth form is described as a rhizophore, which is a distinct feature of Selaginella species, erect plant measuring about 15 - 35 cm tall. Rhizophores are usually restricted to creeping rhizomes and stolons.
Foliage Axillary leaves symmetrical, ovate to triangular, measuring about 1.1 - 1.6 by 0.4 - 1.1 mm.
Stems Main stems branched from middle upward and pinnately branched, unbranched main stem about 5 - 25 cm tall. Leafy branches about 7 - 12 pairs, 2 or 3 times pinnately branched, secondary branches 1 or 2 pinnately branched, tertiary branches forked or once pinnately branched.
Reproductive Parts - non-flowering plant Strobili solitary, terminal, compact, measuring about 5 - 15 by 1 - 1.4 mm. Sporophylls uniform, ovate to triangular and sharply carinate, microsporangia elliptic and thin, microspores are yellowish orange in colour, megaspores are whitish to brown in colour.
Etymology Genus epithet Selaginella is derived from the Latin word selago, which means clubmoss.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Groundcover, Terrarium

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water, Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Propagation Method Spore, Stem Cutting, Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Brown, Green
Foliar Attachment to Stem Sessile

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Master ID 32205
Species ID 6611
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Species record last updated on: 30 November 2023.