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Selaginella apoda (Linnaeus) Fernald. Meadow Spikemoss. Phen: Jun-Oct. Hab: Seepages, bogs, spray cliffs, stream margins, wet meadows, marsh edges, wet spots in lawns, other moist habitats. Dist: S. ME, NY, OH, s. IN, AR, and e. OK south to FL, GA, AL, MS, LA, and e. TX; c. Mexico south to Guatemala.

ID notes: Often overlooked by vascular plant botanists as a liverwort or moss. L. ludovicianum of the Gulf Coast east to GA, and S. eclipes, more northern/midwestern, are superficially very similar (see key).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Syn: = Ar, FNA2, Il, K1, K3, K4, Ky, Md, Mo1, NE, NY, Pa, RAB, Tn, W, WV, Buck & Lucansky (1976), Buck (1977); = Diplostachyum apodum – Sf; = Lycopodioides apodum (L.) P.Beauv. – Va; = Selaginella apoda (L.) Fernald var. apoda – ETx1, Fl1, TxFerns, WH3; = Selaginella apus (L.) Spring – S13; < Selaginella apoda (L.) Fernald – C, F, G, Meso1, Tx

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Lycopodioides apodum, Bridge Creek Falls, Chimneys State Natural Area, The Pocket, Cumberland Plateau, Marion County, Tennessee 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷