Genus: Selaginella

spikemoss

Two distinct lineages occur within the Selaginellaceae that could be recognized as separate genera. In one (Lycopodioides), plants produce rhizophores (leafless shoots that produce leafy shoots) and have four-angled strobili. In the other (Selaginella in the strict sense), the strobilus is circular in cross-section and the plants do not have rhizophores. In this key, the two lineages are included within Selaginella. Reference: Valdespino (1993).

Family

Selaginellaceae (spike-moss family)

This Genus’s Species in New England:

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