Selaginella lepidophylla

(Flower of Stone)


Selaginella lepidophylla, Hot Springs Trail, Big Bend National Park 8213


Selaginella lepidophylla, Terlingua Sinkhole, Brewster Co. 1726


Selaginella lepidophylla, Seminole Canyon State Park, Val Verde Co. 1996

Scientific Name Selaginella lepidophylla USDA PLANTS Symbol SELE2
Common Name Flower of Stone, Resurrection Plant ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 17083
Family Selaginellaceae (Spikemoss) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Desert habitat; dry, rocky ledges, crevices and boulder fields; found in Far West Texas and Big Bend region.
Plant: Small perennial to 8-10 inches across; plant curls into a brown ball when dry and opens into a green rosette after rain.
Leaves: Small scale-like overlapping blades about 1 mm long, broadly ovate to nearly round.
Inflorescence: Non-flowering; four-sided spore cases up to 1/2-inch diameter at leaf tips.
Bloom Period: April to January.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey and SEINet.
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