Selaginellaceae Willk.

First published in Anleit. Stud. Bot. 2: 163. 1854 [Feb 1854] (1854)
This family is accepted

Descriptions

Selaginellaceae, A.H.G Alston. Flora of West Tropical Africa. 1959

Morphology General Habit
Herbs, terrestrial, annual or perennial
Morphology Stem
Stems erect or prostrate, bearing rhizophores
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ligulate, small, numerous, heteromorphous (at least on the branches), those of the lower plane lateral, spreading, those of the upper plane superficial, directed forwards; the leaves in the axils of the branches differ from the lateral leaves and are normally equal–sided
[FWTA]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Plants with erect or creeping stems
Morphology Leaves
Leaves numerous, simple, 1-veined, with a ligule (a membranous structure) on the ventral surface, either all similar and spirally arranged, or of two kinds and 4-ranked
Morphology Reproductive morphology Sporangia
Sporangia grouped in terminal strobili, megasporangia at the base and microsporangia at the apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Spores
Spores tetrahedral.
Note
Family of a single genus.
[FSOM]

Selaginellaceae, B. Verdcourt, B.Sc., Ph.D.. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial terrestrial herbs
Morphology Stem
Stems erect, prostrate or occasionally climbing, usually bearing aerial roots (rhizophores); branching often regular, ± in one plane giving a frond-like appearance
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ligulate, small, numerous, ± uniform and spirally arranged or wider and unequal in two ranks, those facing outwards smaller (median leaves) and those below on either side larger (lateral), often variously aristate and ciliate
[FTEA]

Sources

  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0