Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Northeast Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Lycopodium annotinum L.
- Family: Clubmoss (Lycopodiaceae)
- Spores: July-October
- Field Marks: This clubmoss is distinguished by its terminal sporangia borne in sessile
"cones." The main stems lie flat on the ground.
- Habitat: Swamps, bogs, wet woods.
- Habit: Perennial herb with main stems creeping, becoming upright at the tip.
- Stems: Main stems flat on the ground, not branched, becoming upright at the tip, up to
1 foot tall.
- Leaves: Whorled, in 8 ranks, stiff, linear-lanceolate, up to 1/2 inch long, spine-tipped,
- Sporangia: Borne in terminal "cones," the "cones" sessile, cylindrical, yellowish, up to
2 1/4 inches long, up to 1/3 inch thick; sporangia about 1/16 inch wide; spores veiny on the
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