This beautiful bronzey Selaginella came in on an import from China. It was a hitchhiker on an Ardisia species, so I don’t have any info on it. It’s very delicate looking and has slender foliage. The tips have a nice orangey hint to them.
It seems remarkable that there is even enough chlorophyll in this plant to grow, as in high light it becomes a stark white. Most plants stand about three inches tall, with the end few inches or two hanging down, sometimes touching the substrate again. It is difficult to capture in photographs but it has a very lacy appearance. It occurs in Peru and perhaps elsewhere. The immature growth, Mature growth,
As a collector, of information and plants, there is often an urge to organize, to categorize and put like plants with like plants (both informationally and physically). This is one such time where it backfired, certainly not the first, and definitely not the last. Most of my Selaginella species are only subtly different to my non-expert eyes, and now they are even more disorderly and difficult to distinguish (yes, there are pots in there, under that mess). At least they […]
This Selaginella was collected by Adam Black in the north central mountains of Taiwan. The elevation where it was found was approximately 1200M. This beautifully shaped Selaginella has hints of blue and red in it, especially at the tips. It maintains a standard ‘fern’ shape and is one of the more compact Selaginellas. More mature foliage,
This beautiful Selaginella has pink stems and forms somewhat succulent looking branching up to two inches or so off the substrate. I have found it to grow particularly well in clay. Here, a few years later, it has proved to be incredibly robust and fast growing.