Selaginella dregei (C. Presl) Hieron.

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Selaginella dregei

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Selaginella dregei

Photo: Petra Ballings

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Synonyms: Lycopodium dregei C. Presl.
Selaginella grisea Alston
Common names:
Status: Native
Stems creeping, branched, rooting freely, mat-forming. Leaves overlapping around stem and branches, monomorphic, 1.5-2.0 × 0.15-0.25 mm, greyish to greyish-green turning silvery grey when dry, narrowly oblong to lanceolate in outline, margins ciliate, tips tapering to a point, with a curved white hair-like seta, one third to a quarter of the length of the blade. Strobili rarely develop, 4-8 mm long, suberect, with sporophylls terminal in 2 ranks, broader and more lanceolate than the leaves, ciliate and tapering to a point.
Notes: S. dregei can be confused with S. nivea, this species however has leaves with a shorter apical seta (less than a third of the leaf blade) and sporophylls that are arranged in 4 ranks.
Derivation of specific name: dregei: named after Johann Franz Drège (1794-1881), German horticulturalist, botanical collector and explorer who worked extensively in South Africa.
Habitat: Terrestrial or lithophytic, forming dense mats occupying flat sheetrock in open and under scrub, in deciduous woodland and montane areas.
Altitude range: 200 - 1900 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: T,MS,M
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 80.

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Flora of Botswana: Selaginella dregei
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Flora of Malawi: Selaginella dregei
Flora of Zambia: Selaginella dregei
Flora of Zimbabwe: Selaginella dregei

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Selaginella dregei., retrieved 11 December 2023

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