Connecticut Plants
Hidden Spikemoss
Selaginella eclipes W.R. Buck

Hidden spikemoss looks quite similar to meadow spikemoss, but hidden spikemoss has a more northern and western distribution. In Connecticut it grows only in Litchfield County.

  • Family: spikemoss (Selaginellaceae)
  • Habitat: damp meadows, swamps, and fens
  • Height: 1/2 inch
  • Location of spores: in leafy strobili at ends of branches
  • Persistence: evergreen
  • Origin: native

Photographed in mid-June in Bruce County, Ontario.


A closeup of the same plant. Hidden spikemoss and its relative meadow spikemoss can be mistaken for a moss or a leafy liverwort, but these spikemosses have leaves of two different sizes, with the larger set spreading out horizontally and the smaller leaves pressed up against the stem.


Photographed in mid-June in Bruce County, Ontario.