Selaginella apoda (L.) Spring

Locations ofSelaginella apoda (L.) Spring in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Selaginella apoda (L.) Spring
Common Name
Meadow Spikemoss
Lycopodioides apodum (L.) Kuntze
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Lycopodioides apodum (L.) Kuntze
The splitting of Selaginella sensu lato into several genera, including Bryodesma and Lycopodioides (followed by Flora of Virginia), remains controversial and lacks consensus among specialists (Petra Korall, pers. comm. to Jordan Metzgar). Several recent phylogenetic studies argue for the retention of a broadly circumscribed Selaginella; see

Westrand, S., and P. Korall. 2016. Phylogeny of Selaginellaceae: There is value in morphology after all!. Amer. J. Bot. 2136-2159.
Westrand, S., and P. Korall. 2016. A subgeneric classification of Selaginella (Selaginellaceae). Amer. J. Bot. 2160-2169.

These authors cite at least seven antecedent papers involving molecular phylogenetic methods, some integrated with morphological data, that retain Selaginella as a single genus.
Bogs, fens, seeps and seepage swamps, floodplain forests, mossy stream banks, seepage areas on outcrops, wet meadows, and lawns. Frequent throughout.
Native Status

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