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Useful Tropical Plants

Selaginella exaltata

(Kunze) Spring

Selaginellaceae

+ Synonyms

Lycopodium exaltatum Kunze

Selaginella strobilifera Christ

Common Name:

Selaginella exaltata
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Rogelio Quinatoa
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General Information

Selaginella exaltata is an evergreen fern. A climbing or scrambling plant, it produces stems up to 8 metres long, but more commonly up to 3 metres. The scandent habit of these plants, with their dense branches bearing closely placed leaves, forms a compact cover over other vegetation[
488
Title
Pteridophyta of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Tryon R.M.: Stolze R.G.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of the fern species in Peru. It cam be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and a source of weaving material.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

488
Title
Pteridophyta of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Tryon R.M.: Stolze R.G.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of the fern species in Peru. It cam be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Panama to Costa Rica.

Habitat

Lowland forests, rain forests, secondary forests, and disturbed areas, scandent or scrambling over shrubs, often forming dense thickets; at elevations from 30 - 760 metres[
488
Title
Pteridophyta of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Tryon R.M.: Stolze R.G.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of the fern species in Peru. It cam be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Fern
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Plants often form dense thickets of growth[
488
Title
Pteridophyta of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Tryon R.M.: Stolze R.G.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of the fern species in Peru. It cam be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is used in the treatment of colds and coughs[
918
Title
Journal of Ethnobiology. Vol. 12
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ethnobiology.org
Publisher
Society of Ethnobiology
Year
1992
ISBN
0278-0771
Description
A periodical with articles on the various uses of plants by native peoples.
].

Other Uses

The wiry stems are used to weave headbands[
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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