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Has anyone ever tries these in a terrarium? They seem to be mostly from northern areas, but they seem to be perennial. Some look pretty interesting especially the ground cedar (lycopodium complanatum). i see them from time to time on ebay and at biological supply companies. Id like to get some pf the tropical epiphytic kinds but they all seem to get very large, or atleast too large for the terrariums that i have.
 

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We have Lycopodium digitatum growing everywhere here in Northern VA. Unfortunately it does not do well in a terrarium as they favor shaded, drier conditions. They can handle extreme heat and cold, drought, poor soil, but not the constant moisture that our frogs require. Mine survived having its stems severed upon digging it up, sterilization, and QT only to peter out after a few months in the tank. It's a shame too, they are a very beautiful clubmoss.

If you do choose to give it (L.digitatum) a try do not collect wild specimens, they are protected in all but VA. Apparently they were quite popular as holiday decorations in years past and all but disappeared in many states.
 

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that is interesting and unfortunate. The seem like such beautiful plants. I live in california were we dont have any terrestrial club mosses (though we do have a selaginella or two) at least i dont think that we do. i was going to order some from a biological supply company since i would assume that they would harvest it in a sustainable way. They sound like they might do well as outside potted plants which is fine by me. I find them interesting enough to keep outside in pots. Thanks for the info.
 

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No problem. They really are amazing plants and I'd be curious to see how well it does in a pot. One observation I have made is that it tends to cluster in its own little niche well away from other vegetation. You might take that into consideration before adding it to a mixed vegetation pot.

I am quite jealous that you have spikemoss in your area, I've always been fascinated by Selaginella and have several species growing throughout our tanks and scattered around the house. We always seem to want what others possess...

Good luck!
 

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Our native selaginella is not all that visually appealing when you compare it to the tropical kinds (unicata, erythrops, etc). The one cool thing is that it curls up and goes dormant for half the year in the wild. Only 'waking' up in the spring and early summer. I grow it in a pot and it does pretty well for me, though for half the year it looks totally dead.
 

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Selaginella bigelovii
 

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Sounds like our Resurrection Fern from down south. There's nothing so lovely as a huge live oak covered in them after a good rain. You enjoy the view while it lasts though, because in the next day or two they will once again resemble dead ferns. Even the 85% and higher humidity we routinely experience is not enough to keep it green, it requires water to be poured on it. That being said, it's a great plant for those of us who routinely forget to water. All my plants should be so forgiving...

The S. bigelovii is still pretty darn cool to me. They seem to do quite well in adverse conditions, my kind of plant. Sadly, only the hardiest can survive my brown thumb. If only my skill matched my enthusiasm!
 

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Has anyone ever tries these in a terrarium? They seem to be mostly from northern areas, but they seem to be perennial. Some look pretty interesting especially the ground cedar (lycopodium complanatum). i see them from time to time on ebay and at biological supply companies. Id like to get some pf the tropical epiphytic kinds but they all seem to get very large, or atleast too large for the terrariums that i have.
There was a guy on here a couple of months ago that had crow's feet club moss (pretty similar to most terrestrial lycopodiums) growing in one of his rack cubes. It seemed okay and if i remember correctly someone inquired about it's status in there and the owner said he had it in there for a while to my memory. I've seen it go for ten bucks a bag on ebay can't hurt to try in a test viv?
 

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I actually all ready ordered and received some that i got through ebay. I wasnt able to go the biological supply company route since for whatever reason they cant send it to california (i think its prohibited or something stupid like that). The terrestrial lycopodium that i got was the 'crows feet' one that you are referring to. Its good to hear that someone has it out there. I have some in a nice 10 gallon terrarium as well as three pots of the stuff outside. If all goes well with the ten gallon im going to get more and put some in my pink tongue viv. All i have in there is a ficus tree and would like to get some variety going in there. The S.bigelovii is super tough if you ever wanna try it. I have a green thumb, but ive seen black thumbs grow it. Depending on how the terrestrial one does ill let you guys know.
 

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I have 1 species of terrestrial lycopodium growing here. Not too easy, of the 2 plants i collected 1 died and the other looks pretty ratty although it has started to send out 1 new shoot. Deff not suitable for a dart frog terrarium, this one grows it the heath along side various carnivorous plants and only seems to get about 10cm tall
 
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