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any club moss of the genus Selaginella, having stems covered in small pointed leaves and small spore-bearing cones: family Selaginellaceae See also resurrection plant
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, diminutive of Latin selāgō plant similar to the savin
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  • In the United Kingdom there is only one native species of selaginella.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • The spores are of two kinds, as in selaginella, but the macrosporangia contain numerous macrospores.

  • In the second genus, Miadesmia, the seed-bearing plant was herbaceous, and much like a recent selaginella.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • To start away with, the selaginella bears two kinds of spores, each of which in its development has a definite sex character.

    How to Know the Ferns S. Leonard Bastin
  • Open 4-valved spore-case of a selaginella, and its four large spores (macrospores), magnified.

  • Nearest to the water the primeval garden began with ferns and creeping selaginella.

    At Last Charles Kingsley

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