OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Lycophytes: Selaginellales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Bryodesma tortipilum   FAMILY Selaginellaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Selaginella tortipila   FAMILY Selaginellaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 004-01-003:
Selaginella tortipila   FAMILY Selaginellaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Twisted-hair Spikemoss


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image of Bryodesma tortipilum, Twisted-hair Spikemoss

JK Marlow    jkm220315_6075

March    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

The small, tightly overlapping, linear leaves have apical, twisted bristles, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Bryodesma tortipilum, Twisted-hair Spikemoss

JK Marlow    s070920_g

September    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest

image of Bryodesma tortipilum, Twisted-hair Spikemoss

JK Marlow    jkm141030_480

October    Greenville County    SC

Wildcat Falls Wayside Park

image of Bryodesma tortipilum, Twisted-hair Spikemoss

JK Marlow    jkm141030_482

October    Greenville County    SC

Wildcat Falls Wayside Park

Common name derived from the twisted bristle which terminates each tiny leaf, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Bryodesma tortipilum, Twisted-hair Spikemoss

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmstortipilla_br1

Month Unknown        

image of Bryodesma tortipilum, Twisted-hair Spikemoss

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmstortipilla_br3

Month Unknown        

A mat-forming species superficially resembling a large moss, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Bryodesma tortipilum   FAMILY Selaginellaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Selaginella tortipila   FAMILY Selaginellaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 004-01-003:
Selaginella tortipila   FAMILY Selaginellaceae

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1357

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: rock outcrops, mostly at high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple - scale-like

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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