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.
In a tiny patch of forest that remains in the middle of tracts of cattle pastures was this beautiful species of Selaginella. The slightly iridescent slate grey combined with the reddish growing tips stands out as something unique. It is a medium sized species that tends to trail more than stand upright. Growing in this last remnant forest along with the red Oophaga pumilio from Rambala, it existence seems just as precious and precarious as that beautiful frog.
Along one of our hikes in the area around Mindo, Ecuador we came upon this charming and pretty little species of Selaginella. We only saw it once in two good sized patches on the ground. It grew very close to the ground as a small trailer. As you can see in the photos, what really stands out are the white tips. I kept looking for other pockets of this special little one, but as I mentioned we only saw it this one time. […]
This lovely Selaginella was found in the Cordillera del Condor, Ecuador. It was very sparsely growing, this photograph showing most of what was seen. The area was around 1900m elevation, and in proximity to one population of Excidobates condor. Rio Blanco was close by, a perfect namesake for this white Selaginella!
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love looking at Selaginellas. Every weekend I would go with my mom and neighbor to swap meets to sell plants. Among the tropical plants that my parents would grow were a couple of Selaginellas. We had masses of Sellaginella uncinata growing on the black cinder that covered the floor of the greenhouses. Such a beautiful sight. I must have been around 10 when I first tried growing some S. uncinata for myself. I was […]