Pteridophyta: Selaginellales

Selaginellaceae - Spikemosses

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Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the family

Terrestrial or epiphytic herbs, annual or perennial. Stems erect or creeping and mat forming, alternate or dichotomously branched, glabrous or pubescent; roots arising basally or throughout the lenght of the stem, mainly from the branch axils. Leaves ligulate, thin, numerous, small, simple with an unbranched central vein, glabrous or hairy, either spirally arranged and ± similar in shape and size or dimorphic and 4-ranked, the lower (lateral leaves) patent, the upper (median leaves) appressed and pointing forwards. Sporangia dehiscent with 2 valves, borne singly in the axils of the leaves, sporophylls arranged in ± compact terminal cones, heterosporous.

Worldwide: 1 genus and ± 700 species, cosmopolitan.

Zambia: 1 genus and 7 taxa.

Selaginella goudotiana var. abyssinica

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Selaginella P. Beauv.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Selaginellaceae:

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Flora of Botswana: Selaginellaceae
Flora of Malawi: Selaginellaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Selaginellaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Selaginellaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Selaginellaceae
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Selaginellaceae
Wikipedia: Selaginellaceae

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Selaginellaceae., retrieved 8 February 2023

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