A small, perennial, moss-like herb which is characteristic of damp, base-rich sites where there is little competition. Typical habitats include dune-slacks, fens, flushes, mires, wet cliffs and ledges, and short upland grassland. 0-1065 m (Breadalbanes, Mid Perth).
S. selaginoides was eliminated from lowland sites in Britain, mainly before 1930, by drainage and habitat destruction. In the uplands, however, there is little evidence for any significant change in its distribution.
Circumpolar Boreal-montane element.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
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Jalas & Suominen (1972)
1978. Ferns and their allies. The Island of Mull: a survey of its flora and environment. :12.1-12.7.
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
1997. The ferns of Britain and Ireland, edn 2.