|Botanical Name||Selaginella kraussiana|
|Origin||Central and Southern Africa|
DescriptionA fern ally. Plants mat-forming, creeping, erect or epiphytic. Stems slender, irregularly branched. Leaves numerous 2-4 mm long either spirally arranged or 4-ranked. Bears small cones.
Where is it found?Forest floor, streambanks. Frequent throughout lowland sites in shaded conditions. Locally abundant. Disturbed areas of forest and grazed areas are more likely to have selaginella.
Why is it a problem?Grows amongst forest floor mosses becoming a thick carpet that eventually threatens the development of young seedling trees. Chokes native orchids, mosses and anything else on forest floor.
How does it spread?Garden escape. Fragments of stem have ground or aerial roots. Spread by spores carried on boots, feet, stock, machinery etc. Spreads rapidly in warm areas.
How do I get rid of it?
Small areas could be hand picked or raked up.
Care must be taken as every piece can grow.
Glyphosate at 100 ml in 10 litres of water with 20 ml of Penetrant.
When it is not present effort should be made to keep it that way.
Wash tramping boots etc. before moving from forest to forest. This plant is prohibited from sale and distribution in New Zealand.