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African club moss

African club moss

African club moss (Selaginella kraussiana) forms extensive mats on damp forest floor. Dispersing quickly, it grows on tree trunks and tolerates a wide range of conditions, including hot, cold and deep shade, although it does need wet ground. Originally from southern Africa, it was first noticed in the wild in New Zealand in 1919. It can form part of a cycle which leads to weed invasion of bush – because it tolerates shady forest floors it smothers native seedlings, opening up the area to other weeds such as vines.

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Bob Brockie, 'Weeds of the bush - Herbs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13630/african-club-moss (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 18 Apr 2016