Selaginella kraussiana (Kunze) A.Braun.

Garden Selaginella

Stems trailing. Leaves densely distributed and arranged in 2 ranks, the larger lateral ones ovate, 2-4 mm long, the smaller ones closely pressed to the undersurface, 1-2 mm long, pale green, minutely toothed on the margins. Width of branch (stem and leaves) 7-9 mm. Fertile region with a single female sporangium at the base and numerous male sporangia above.

Will tolerate cool conditions.

Tropical and S Africa, Azores. Widely naturalised in temperate regions; in Australia it is naturalised in all south-eastern states.

Spreading habit; leaves pale green with minute teeth all around the margin (hand lens).

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Selaginellaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Selaginella kraussiana 'Aurea'

Leaves yellow-green. Origin Unknown.

Selaginella kraussiana 'Emerald Isle'

Compact, forming rich bright green clumps. 'Brownii' is possibly the same as this cultivar and if so, this name should take priority. Origin unknown.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Lycopodiopsida
order     Selaginellales
family      Selaginellaceae
genus       Selaginella Beauverd.