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  Selaginella plana (Desv. ex Poir.) Hieron.
  Family Name : Selaginellaceae

  Synonyms : Selaginella planum

  Common Names : Asian Spikemoss, Cyperus Clubmoss, Paka Merak

 
Asian Spikemoss,Cyperus Clubmoss,Paka Merak
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
      True
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Ferns & Allies (Non-Seed Vascular Plants) (Clubmoss & Spikemoss)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Plant Shape :
      Shrubby
      Maximum Height :
      0.2 m to 0.6 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Tropical East Africa, India, Indonesia
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Primary Rainforest)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Herbaceous erect shrub, up to 0.6m height when grown in ground.
      Roots: Spreads by underground creeping rhizomes.
      Foliage: Fronds green, scaly and tripinnate.
      Stems: Long wiry branching stems, imparting fluffy appearance to plant.
      Cultivation :
      Ideal as bushy groundcover with added height in landscape. Also suitable in terrariums. Requires high humidity and constantly moist soils. Prefers semi-shady conditions, but able to tolerate full sun if provided with lots of water. Propagate by division, stem cuttings or spores.
      Etymology :
      Genus epithet Selaginella is derived from the Latin word selago, which means clubmoss. Species epithet plana means "flat", a reference to the flat plane of the fronds.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Waterlogged Soils (Drains Site), Fertile Loamy Soils, Acidic (low pH) Soils, Disease / Pest Resistant, Easy to Grow
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Terrarium
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Naturalistic Garden, Bioswales / Sunken Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Invasive / Potentially Invasive
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Abiotic
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water, Occasional Misting
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Moderate
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Moderate
      Propagation Method :
      Stem Cutting, Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Glossy / Shiny, Scaly
      Foliar Type :
      Compound (Tripinnate)
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Microphyll ( 2.25cm2 - 20.25 cm2 )
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Herbaceous
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)

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