A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Clubmoss

Another plant that successfully manages to survive the hot summers on Symi is this clubmoss. This is the mediterranean selaginella and its binominal name is Selaginella denticulata. This plant lives in caves and old ruins which there are plenty of in Horio. It can often be found sharing wall space with house leeks and  Ceterach officicinarum among others wherever there is a north facing wall. In the summer the club like leaves turn a reddy-brown. It is a non flowering plant in the genus Selaginella and this creeper is characterized by having flattened stems, bearing four rows of ovate leaves which vary in size according to their position. Its specific epithet, "denticulata" comes from the Latin "dentatus" which means tooth, and alludes to the denticles that appear on the leaves. It was identified by the nineteenth century botanist Antoine Frédéric Spring.

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