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Wallace Moss Fern
Selaginella wallacei
About Wallace Moss Fern (Selaginella wallacei) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Selaginella wallacei is a species of spikemoss known by the common name Wallace's spikemoss. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California to Montana, where it can be found in many types of habitat, including open and shaded areas, and wet to dry environments. This lycophyte is variable in appearance, its form depending on the habitat it grows in. It can be spreading with many narrow branches, or a small, dense mat. The forking stems grow up to about 25 centimeters long, but may remain much shorter in dry conditions. They are lined with linear, lance-shaped, or oblong leaves up to 4 millimeters long including the bristles at the tips. The strobili containing the reproductive structures may be quite long, reaching up to 9 centimeters.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

9.8 in tall

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, dry moist places,

Annual Precipitation: 24.4" - 135.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.29" - 3.99", Coldest Month: 36.9" - 50.4", Hottest Month: 55.6" - 75.3", Humidity: 0.03" - 25.61", Elevation: 15" - 6016"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Wallace's Spike-moss, Wallace's Spikemoss

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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