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Selaginella uliginosa

Swamp Selaginella, Swamp Clubmoss

Erect perennial herb with branching stems, spreading from underground stems to form colonies.

Additional information

  • FamilySelaginellaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size5-25 cm x 5-30 cm
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesCrowded or separated pale yellowish-green stalkless egg-shaped to lance-shaped leaves 2-3 mm long in 4 rows. In exposed areas new growth will be pinkish-red.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Spore cases bunched together in cone-like structures at the tips of side branches.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsPoorly drained soils in moist lowland heathy woodland. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useSmall pine-like club moss for ferneries and moist gardens, tolerating full sun.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist fern nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Peter Kinchington ©

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