Selaginella uliginosa (Labill.) Spring

Swamp Selaginella

Mém. Acad. Roy. Sci. Belgique 24: 60 (1849) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants perennial, 5–25 cm tall, frequently in colonies. Rhizome often deeply buried, creeping, dichotomously branched, pale, with scattered bracts. Aerial stems branching from rhizome, usually c. 1–2 cm apart, erect, moderately stiff, leafy throughout, pale towards base; branching pinnate or irregular. Leaves in 4 rows, sessile, spreading, crowded or well-separated, all similar in shape, ovate to lanceolate, 2–3 mm long; base decurrent; apex pointed; leaves on lateral branches less spreading and narrower. Sporophylls at tips of lateral branches, loosely arranged into small strobili; sporophylls similar to foliage leaves, but base broader and apex more tapered. Sporangia globose, megasporangia and microsporangia mixed.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HFE, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro. All states except SA. Widespread in moist lowland heaths and heathy woodlands, mostly near-coastal, extending to a few inland sites (e.g. Grampians).

In exposed areas, new growth may be tinged pink and tips of older stems dry and papery; in shaded habitats, plants are taller and more spindly.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Ferns and allied plants (Psilophyta, Lycopodiophyta, Polypodiophyta). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Selaginella uliginosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Selaginella uliginosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory