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 (spīk′môs′, -mŏs′)
[From the spikelike appearance of the strobili of some species .]
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Noun1.spikemoss - any of numerous fern allies of the genus Selaginella
club moss, club-moss, lycopod - primitive evergreen moss-like plant with spores in club-shaped strobiles
genus Selaginella, Selaginella - type and sole genus of the Selaginellaceae; evergreen moss-like plants: spike moss and little club moss
basket spikemoss, meadow spikemoss, Selaginella apoda - spikemoss forming dense mats; eastern North America
dwarf lycopod, rock spikemoss, Selaginella rupestris - tufted spikemoss forming loose spreading mats; eastern North America
desert selaginella, Selaginella eremophila - prostrate spikemoss; California
resurrection plant, rose of Jericho, Selaginella lepidophylla - densely tufted fern ally of southwestern United States to Peru; curls up in a tight ball when dry and expands and grows under moist conditions
florida selaginella, Selaginella eatonii - occurs widely in Florida
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Turmeric (Fern allies) Sellaginellaceae Sellaginella oregano Spikemoss and Sellaginella moellendorffii FAMILY/ LOCAL/ PLANT SCIENTIFIC HIGAONON PART NAME NAME USED Alliaceae Allium sativum L.
Spring; Meadow Spikemoss, Marsh Club Moss; Border between the sedge meadows and the row crop field; Common at this site; C = 4; BSUH 14714.
The natural vegetation of the area is mixed-grass prairie dominated by blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis), needle-and-thread grass (Stipa comata), and spikemoss (Selaginella densa) (Looman 1963).