Selaginella tenera Spring

  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : SELAGINELLACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) :
  • Species : Selaginella tenera
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Selaginella tenera Spring
  • Collection Nos : HFP 12040, KFP 4018
  • Collector(s) Name : C. J. Saldanha; C.J.Saldanha & P.Prakash
  • Endemism : South India
  • Key identification features : Stem erect, rooting at the base only, upto 3 mm thick without leaves, green to pink colour when fresh, stramineous to pink colour when dry, with about five primary, alternate branches which bear several times branched secondary branches. Leaves dimorphic throughout, contiguous on main stem and on axis of primary branches, spreading and dense on the rest of the branches, lateral leaves oblong-ovate, denticulate on the acroscopic margin, entire on the rest, base unequal; median leaves ovate, aristate, arista less than half the length of the leaf, margin dentate; cones dorsiventral; sporophylls dimorphic, lateral sporophylls bear megasporangia, others with microsporangia; microspores brick red in mass.
  • Habit : Herb
  • Native : India
  • Comments : Common as a forest undergrowth in Western Ghats.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Hassan; Hassan
  • Distribution Locality : Chikamagalur; Dakshina Kannada; Hassan; Kodagu; Shimoga; Uttara Kannada
  • Floras referred : Fraser-Jenkins, Taxonomic revision of Indian Subcontinental Pteridophytes 2008; Rajagopal & Bhat, Pteridophytic flora of Karnataka State- 1998; Manickam V.S & Irudayaraj V. (1992)- Pteridophyte flora of W.Ghats, South India


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