Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Northeast Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Lycopodium lucidulum Michx.
- Family: Clubmoss (Lycopodiaceae)
- Spores: July-September
- Field Marks: The sporangia of this clubmoss are borne in the axils of the leaves. The
leaves are alternately long and short, on alternating zones of the stem.
- Habitat: Damp woods, shaded cliffs.
- Habit: Perennial herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Weakly to strongly ascending from a creeping base, dichotomously branched, up to 10
- Leaves: Alternately long and short in zones along the stem, 6-ranked, oblanceolate, pointed at the
tip, more or less truncate and decurrent at the base, broadest along the middle, minutely toothed,
shiny, spreading or even drooping, up to 3/4 inch long.
- Reproductive Structures: Sporangia borne in the axils of some of the shorter leaves (sporophylls),
usually kidney-shaped; spores warty.
- Notes: Asexual reproductive bodies, called gemmae, are sometimes formed in the axils of some of the
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