I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Oaxaca with my friends Michael Sundue and Rafael Torres. It was my first time in Mexico, and as soon as I arrived there, I went running to the Central Market to botanize a little bit. Being a fern guy, I did not fail to notice that some interesting species were being sold for medicinal purposes (resulting in my first gatherings from Mexico, of course!). Here you can see Selaginella lepidophylla, a lycophyte that was locally known as “Doradilla”. According to the seller, this plant should be prepared as a tea for the treatment of several kidney diseases. Each dried plant was worth ca. U$1.00.
Collection Data (F.B. Matos 2398)
Classification & Common Names
- Class: Lycopodiopsida
- Family: Selaginellaceae
- Genus: Selaginella P. Beauv.
- Species: Selaginella lepidophylla (Hook. & Grev.) Spring
- Common name(s): Doradilla
General Collection Data
- Date: 21-III-2014
- Primary Collector & #: F.B. Matos 2398
- Collection Party:
- Det. History: F.B. Matos, III.2014
- Habitat: Market
- Habit: Terrestrial
- Specimen Locations: MEXU, NY, UPCB
- Location: Mercado Juárez – Oaxaca – – Oaxaca – Mexico.
- Coordinates: 17.058333, -96.726111