Selaginella corrugis was known only from the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca, Mexico until Ivan Valdespino found a population in Cocle, Panama. As he explained, “this apparent disjunction is probably best explained as an artifact due to lack of critical collecting of Selaginella in Central America rather than to geographic barriers.” It will be interesting to see how additional collections will better inform the habitat niche of this species.
Valdespino, I.A., 1993. Notes on Neotropical Selaginella (Selaginellaceae), including new species from Panama. Brittonia, 45(4), pp.315-327.
Collection Data (M. Sundue 3957)
Classification & Common Names
- Class: Lycopodiopsida
- Family: Selaginellaceae
- Genus: Selaginella P. Beauv.
- Species: Selaginella corrugis Mickel & Beitel
- Common name(s):
General Collection Data
- Date: 16-III-2015
- Primary Collector & #: M. Sundue 3957
- Collection Party: GLZ Adame, W. Testo, R. Torres C., A. Vasco G.
- Det. History: M. Sundue (VT)
- Habitat: Bosque Mesofilo
- Habit: Lithophyte
- Specimen Locations: MEXU, VT
On rocks in stream near the cascadas de nubes.
- Location: Cerro Pelón – – Distrito Ixtlán Municipio Santiago Comaltepec – Oaxaca – Mexico.
- Coordinates: 17°35’04”N, 96°29’37”W
- Elevation: 2570 m
Actually, S. corrugis is also known from the Cocle province of Panama (see Valdespino, 1993) and recently was collected agin in the same locality.
Thanks Ivan! I did not realize that. I will update the discussion here and cite that publication.