Selaginella meaning

sə-lăj'ə-nĕl'ə
Any of numerous often creeping or prostrate vascular plants of the genus Selaginella that bear spores, have small scalelike leaves, and are closely related to the club mosses.
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Any of a genus (Selaginella) of small-leaved lycopods, having two kinds of spores borne in cones at the tips of the branches.
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Any of a group of ferny plants of the genus Selaginella, spike moss.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Selaginellaceae "” the spike mosses.
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Origin of selaginella

  • New Latin Selāginella genus name from Latin selāgō selāgin- a plant resembling savin, probably a kind of club moss or selaginella
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition