|Etymology||Genus||Resembling Lycopodium selago|
|Species||From Latin: 'intermedius'= intermediate, apparently referring to its growth form.|
|Synonyms||Selaginella atroviridis Spring ex Ridl.|
|Native Distribution||Myanmar, Indochina, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Maluku|
A small, low-growing plant, usually up to about 30 cm tall, with many branches and an overall fan-shaped appearance. Two types of leaves are borne along a branch: larger ovate-oblong lateral leaves, and smaller ovate median leaves which are appressed along the branch.
The leaves may be tinged purple, pink or copper-coloured and can be quite attractive.
A second known variety of this species, var. dolichocentrus, is only known from Peninsular Malaysia and it is distinguished by the very long tips of its median leaves.
Growth form of the plant in the undergrowth
Fan-shaped branching arrangement
Close up of branches showing the two types of leaves of different sizes
Undersides of leaves
Wong KM. (2010) Selaginellaceae. Flora of Peninsular Malaysia. Volume I. Series I: Ferns & Lycophytes. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Malaysia. 249 pp.