2. Selaginella eclipes Buck (hidden spikemoss) Pl.
19e,f; Map 66
Leaves in 4 ranks along the stems, the margins minutely serrulate. Lateral
leaves in 2 ranks along the branches, 1–2 mm long, spreading, ovate. Leaves of
the upper stem surface in 2 ranks, 1–1.8 mm long, appressed, ovate, the tip
abruptly long-attenuate, the midvein extending nearly to the tip. Strobili
somewhat flattened in cross-section, the leaves 4-ranked, the megasporangia
usually occurring in the rank on the underside of the strobilus. Megaspores
light yellow, with a loose network of rounded ridges on the surface.
Microspores orange. May–November.
Scattered throughout the Ozark and Ozark Border Divisions (northeastern U.S. and adjacent Canada,
west to Iowa and Oklahoma). On moist soil and rocks along
creek banks and bluff ledges.
Redfearn (1982) discussed the status of this species in Missouri. As noted under S. apoda, it
can be difficult to distinguish from that species.