Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2376

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain

Look for it on granitic flatrocks, other, mostly acidic, rock outcrops, occasionally on greenstone or calcareous shales, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple - scale-like

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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Lycophytes: Selaginellales

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Selaginella rupestris   FAMILY Selaginellaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 004-01-004:
Selaginella rupestris   FAMILY Selaginellaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Rock Spikemoss


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image of Bryodesma rupestre

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_seru_001_lvd

        

image of Bryodesma rupestre

JK Marlow    jkm170408_539

April    Newberry County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

image of Bryodesma rupestre

JK Marlow    jkm170408_541

April    Newberry County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Apical hair-tip of the leaves straight [vs. B. tortipilum twisted-contorted], per Weakley's Flora.

image of Bryodesma rupestre

JK Marlow    jkm170408_542

April    Newberry County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Stems mostly creeping or turned up at the apex, forming mats 1.5-4cm high, per Weakley's Flora.