Selaginella pilifera A. Braun
Vernacular Name: Resurrection Plant
Synonym: Selaginella pilifera A. Braun var. pringlei (Baker) Morton
Distinguishing Features: Plants terrestrial or growing on rocks, forming rosettes. The long-bristled leaf apex is unique among New World xerophytic members of the subgenus Stachygynandrum.
Distribution: New Mexico, Texas, northern Mexico.
Habitat: Dry rocky soil, rock crevices, limestone rock, cliff faces.
Plants Seen or Cited: 14 April 1987, NMNHP in New Mexico.
Comments: Listed as "of conservation concern"
in Flora of North America; Described as "occasional" in Lellinger (1985).
Morton (1939) divided the species into var. pilifera with the branches including the leaves ca. 3 mm wide and the terminal setate ca. 1/3 as long as the leaves and var. pringlei with the branches including the leaves ca. 4 mm wide and the terminal setae ca. ½ as long as the leaves.
Status: Need more documentation of existing sites.
J. of Botany, British and Foreign 21: 3 (1883)
Flora of North America Volume 2 p. 59-60 (1993)
D.B. Lellinger. 1985. A field manual of Ferns and Fern-Allies of the United States and Canada. Smithsonian Inst. Press Wash. DC.
C.V Morton. 1939. Our southwestern Resurrection-Plants. Amer. Fern J. 29:14-16
Information Compiled By: Juanita A. R. Ladyman, 1998