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Sand spike-moss
Selaginella arenicola
Selaginellaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Small herbaceous fern relative.
Dimensions:
About 2-4 inches in height. Spreading and forming small patches broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
Slow.
Range:
Southeastern United States west to Oklahoma and Texas and south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties.
Habitats:
Dry pinelands.
Soils:
Dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
N/A.
Flower Characteristics:
There are no flowers; the plants reproduce by spores.
Flowering Season:
Fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous spores.


 


Mike Rosenthal
In habitat, Clay County, Florida
Keith A. Bradley
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Blazingstar Preserve, Palm Beach County, Florida
Shirley Denton