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Selaginella lepidophylla (Flower of stone)
Cressler, Alan

Selaginella lepidophylla

Selaginella lepidophylla (Hook. & Grev.) Spring

Flower of stone

Selaginellaceae (Spike-Moss Family)


USDA Symbol: SELE2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This spike moss is noted for its ability to survive dessication for long periods by rolling its stems into a tight ball.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Non-flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.


Native Distribution: New Mexico and Texas south into Mexico.
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky soils.


Interesting Foliage: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Selaginella lepidophylla in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Selaginella lepidophylla in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Selaginella lepidophylla


Record Modified: 2015-02-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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