Selaginella njam-njamensis Hieron.

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Synonyms: Bryodesma njamnjamense (Hieron.) Sojak
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Status: Native
Plant creeping, olive-green, densely tufted; main stem dorsiventral in position and length of leaves, up to 15 cm long; branches short, 1–2-forked, often recurved at apices when dry; rhizophores scattered along length of plant, up to 3.5 cm long. Median (upper) leaves linear-lanceolate, ± 2 × 0.25 mm, base adnate, apex gradually tapering into a short opaque yellowish-white seta up to 1/4 the length of the lamina, margins with tooth-like cilia towards apex and longer ones towards base; also often some denticles by the midrib on surface towards the apex. Lateral (under) leaves more linear, slightly longer, up to 2.5 mm long. Strobili 3–10 mm long, 1.2–1.3 mm wide; sporophylls in 4 ranks; those on the upper side lanceolate, ± 2 mm long, 1 mm wide, gradually tapering to a sharp point, with ciliate margins and those on the lower side slightly longer and broader.
Notes: Differs from other species by having leaves that are arranged dorsiventrally, the older leaves are brown and persistent.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Rocky places
Altitude range: 900 m (approx)
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, DRC, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 23.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 16.

Verdcourt, B. (2005). Selaginellaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 7. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Selaginella njam-njamensis., retrieved 16 July 2024

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