E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Selaginella selaginoides (L.) P. Beauv. ex Mart. & Schrank
mountain-moss (club spikemoss)
Selaginellaceae (Spike-moss family)

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Distribution of Selaginella selaginoides
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Species Information

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Perennial, sending up erect, annual, deciduous fertile branches, 1-7 cm long.
Broadly lanceolate, 1-3 mm long, 0.5-0.8 mm wide, margins sparsely toothed along with pointed tips.
Unstalked, cylindrical, 0.5-4 cm long, 4-6 mm wide; sporophylls loose and spreading, similar to the sterile leaves.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet meadows, fens, peat bogs or boggy lake shores in the lowland to montane zones; infrequent in BC, occurring mostly on the coast and in the Rocky Mountains; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to ME, MI, MN, CO, ID and NV; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Selaginella selaginoides

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 10 753 2450
Slope Gradient (%) 0 17 78
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
10 322 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 5 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(1), BAFA(1), BWBS(9), CWH(29), ESSF(2), IMA(2), MH(8), MS(1), SBS(1), SWB(2)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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