Selaginella grisea Alston
Lycopodium dregei C. Presl.
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.
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.
dregei: named after Johann Franz Drège (1794-1881), German horticulturalist, botanical collector and explorer who worked extensively in South Africa.
Terrestrial or lithophytic, forming dense mats occupying flat sheetrock in open and under scrub, in deciduous woodland and montane areas.
Distribution in Africa
Angola, Botswana, Dem. Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania , Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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