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Selaginella haematodes(Kunze) Spring

 (Kunze) Spring. in Mart.,F1. Brasil. 1(2):126. 1840

Terrestrial, erect, to 80 cm tall and to 35 cmwide, un­branched in lower half, reddish near base, notarticulate, sparsely leafy, regularly branched from near middle,the branches 12-25 cm long, gradually diminished in length towardapex. Leaves uniform, reddish, basifixed, ovate-­oblong,usually acute; median leaves gradually long­acuminate,basifixed, minutely toothed; lateral leaves ovate-oblong, acute atapex, basifixed, minutely toothed. Cones numerous, solitary atbranch apices, mostly to ca 1 cm long, ± square, the bractslong-acuminate and ± spreading; megaspores minute, white,smooth. Croat 4111.

Locally abundant along trails near streams; less fre­quentelsewhere in the forest.

Easily distinguished by the reddish stem, large size, andtriangular blade.

Panama to Bolivia. In Panama, known from tropicalmoist forest in the Canal Zone, Panama, and Darien, and frompremontane wet and tropical wet forests in Panama. See Fig. 1.

Selaginella  haematodes
Selaginella haematodes
Enrique Moreno, David Roubik
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