Selaginella willdenowii (Desv. ex Poir.) Baker, 1867
|Common Names:||Spikemoss, Vine Spikemoss, Peacock Fern|
This is a scrambling terrestrial plant with a highly branched stem that is slender and 2-3 mm in diameter. The stem bears rhizophores throughout its length. Leaves are simple, dimorphic and arranged in two median and two lateral rows. Lateral leaves iridescent, blue-green, ovate to oblong, 3-4 x 1.5-2 mm while median leaves are very much smaller and of different shapes. The strobili are borne on the ends pf branches, solitary, 0.5-2 cm long and with monomorphic sporophylls that are cordate to ovate-deltate and with green margins.
Native to Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, it has now been naturalised in many countries after been introduced as a garden ornamental.
It is a popular garden plant because of its iridescent leaves.
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Wee Yeow Chin