Selaginella rupestris (L.) Spring
Coefficient of Conservatism: 8
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt Fern Al

Dry sunny rocky balds or open sandy areas, typically in acidic soils and often with Polytrichum moss and little other vegetation. Characteristic of the Upper Peninsula “hard” rocks as well as old dunes, and the Jack Pine areas of the northern Lower Peninsula. Very local in barrens southward. Also very local on thin soil over limestone on Drummond Island. 

Easier to spot when fresh, moist, and bright green than when gray-green and desiccated.


Alcona County
Allegan County
Baraga County
Barry County
Benzie County
Charlevoix County
    Only on Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Only on Drummond Island
Clinton County
Crawford County
Dickinson County
Gogebic County
Houghton County
Ionia County
Iosco County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lake County
Leelanau County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ogemaw County
Ontonagon County
Oscoda County
Schoolcraft County
Wexford County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. November 29, 2022.