Selaginella dregei (C. Presl) Hieron.

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Selaginella dregei

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Mukuvisi Woodland, nr Blatherwick Avenue

Selaginella dregei

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Path from entrance gate to Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

Selaginella dregei

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Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Selaginella dregei

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Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Selaginella dregei

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Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Selaginella dregei

Photo: Petra Ballings
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Selaginella dregei

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Nyahokwe, Nyanga

Selaginella dregei

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Mount Chinaka, Jusliasdale

Selaginella dregei

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Along road from Mount Buchwa to Zvishavane

Selaginella dregei

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Besna Kobila

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Synonyms: Lycopodium dregei C. Presl.
Selaginella grisea Alston
Common names:
Status: Native
Stems creeping, branched, rooting freely, mat-forming. Leaves overlapping around stem and branches, monomorphic, 1.5-2.0 × 0.15-0.25 mm, greyish to greyish-green turning silvery grey when dry, narrowly oblong to lanceolate in outline, margins ciliate, tips tapering to a point, with a curved white hair-like seta, one third to a quarter of the length of the blade. Strobili rarely develop, 4-8 mm long, suberect, with sporophylls terminal in 2 ranks, broader and more lanceolate than the leaves, ciliate and tapering to a point.
Notes: S. dregei can be confused with S. caffrorum and S. nivea, these however have leaves with a shorter apical seta (less than a third of the leaf blade) and sporophylls that are arranged in 4 ranks.
Derivation of specific name: dregei: named after Johann Franz Drège (1794-1881), German horticulturalist, botanical collector and explorer who worked extensively in South Africa.
Habitat: Terrestrial or lithophytic, forming dense mats occupying flat sheetrock in open and under scrub, in deciduous woodland and montane areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 1900 m
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Roux, J.P. (2001). Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13 Page 25.

Roux, J.P. (2009). Synopsis of the Lycopodiophyta and Pteridophyta of Africa, Madagascar and neighbouring islands Page 22.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970). Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca Page 23. (Includes a picture).

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 80.

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Flora of Zambia: Selaginella dregei

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Selaginella dregei., retrieved 30 November 2023

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