Selaginella selaginoides (L.) Link
Common Name: SPIKEMOSS
Coefficient of Conservatism: 10
Coefficient of Wetness: -3
Wetness Index: FACW
Physiognomy: Nt Fern Al

Selaginella selaginoides N. Martineau

Fens and fen-like shores, especially of the Great Lakes, in calcareous sites, in sun or partial shade and often associated with mossy hummocks and Thuja occidentalis; very local away from the vicinity of the Great Lakes shoreline.

This is superficially similar in habit to a small Lycopodiella inundata (which, however, occurs in acidic habitats) in its creeping vegetative stems with erect fertile branches with a slightly expanded apical strobilus. Unlike the other two species of Selaginella, this one is often hidden among mosses and denser vegetation (sedges or other fen plants).


Alpena County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Delta County
Emmet County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Presque Isle County
Schoolcraft County


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