Wild dormant plant from
north of Mexico City.
This member of the
Selaginellaceae family is found in the Middle East and the Central
Americas. It grows in well-drained soil with a little water from time to
time. Lots of sun. It will grow to 20 centimetres in diameter when it
opens. It won't flower; it's a fern. I found mine in Pachuca, Mexico in
Distribution: Israel, Jordan, W-Texas, S-New
Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico (Baja California, Chihuahua,
Durango, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Zacatecas, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan,
Guerrero, Mexico State, Queretaro, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Luis
Potosi, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Chiapas), Nicaragua.
Growing this plant from
a dry plant fount at a florist can cause problems. The plants are
generally more dry than they can stand, and their roots are removed.
If you are lucky to find
a plant that still have some remaining living tissue in the centre,
it can be done. Cut the plant into single leaves, remove the dead
tissue. Place the green parts on moist sphagnum, treat with
fungicide and place light and warm. New small plants will grow from
the leave cuttings, but be aware: It is a real slow growing plant!