Selaginella goudotiana Spring
var. abyssinica (Spring) Bizarri

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Selaginella goudotiana var. abyssinica

Photo: Petra Ballings
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Selaginella goudotiana var. abyssinica

Photo: Petra Ballings
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Selaginella abyssinica Spring
Selaginella bueensis Hieron.
Selaginella goetzei Hieron.
Selaginella kirkii Baker
Selaginella whytei Hieron.
Common names:
Status: Native
Plant slender, semi-prostrate with a more or less erect branch system, not rooting along the stem, sometimes stoloniferous from the stem base, mostly lanceolate in outline and arranged in one plane, repeatedly branched. Leaves dimorphous; median leaves up to 2 × 1 mm, adpressed, ovate to lanceolate in outline, with long tip half as long as the leaf, margins toothed; lateral leaves sessile, up to 3 × 2 mm, ovate in outline, asymmetrical, base oblique, apex rounded, margins toothed. Strobuli 5 × 2 mm, terminal on ultimate branches; sporophylls dimorphous: lateral sporophylls similar to lateral leaves but slightly larger, median sporophylls similar to median leaves but situated on the opposite side of the stem from the median leaves.
Notes: Can be confused with S. kraussiana which is widely creeping and roots along the length of the stem.
Derivation of specific name: goudotiana: the type specimen was collected by M. Goudot in Madagascar; abyssinica: the variety was first described from Abyssinia (now Ethiopia)
Habitat: Terrestrial or lithophyte, seasonally moist areas in evergreen and deciduous forest, along stream and earth banks, on mossy boulders, light or deeply shaded.
Altitude range: 1050 - 2150 m
Worldwide distribution: A tropical African species
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Burrows, J.E. (1990). Southern African Ferns and Fern Allies. Frandsen, Sandton. Page 29. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (1993). An annotated check-list of the pteridophytes of Malawi Kirkia 14(1) Page 81.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 43.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 50. As Selaginella abyssinica

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 15. As Selaginella abyssinica

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 25. As Selaginella abyssinica

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983). The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria. Pages 148 - 149. As Selaginella abyssinica

Kornas, J. (1979). Distribution and ecology of the Pteridophytes in Zambia Polska Akademia Nauk Wydzial II Nauk Biologicznych Pages 30 - 31. As Selaginella abyssinica

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 10. As Selaginella abyssinica

Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 26. As Selaginella abyssinica

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 23.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Pages 27 - 28. As Selaginella abyssinica (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 80.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Selaginella goudotiana var. abyssinica

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Selaginella goudotiana var. abyssinica., retrieved 15 April 2024

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