Lycopodium lagopus * - One-cone Clubmoss


 

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Lycopodium lagopus - (image 1 of 3)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Lycopodiaceae

 

* (Laest. ex C. Hartm.) G. Zinserl. ex Kuzen.

Habitat

Dry rocky or sandy soil. Open woods and grassy areas, rocky barrens, bog margins in acid and subacid soil.

Associates

 

Distribution

Across southern Canada to AK, south into New England, northern NY, MI, northern WI, and northern MN.

Morphology

Low evergreen from horizontal stems, creeping or arching on the soil surface, sometimes branching, rooting at intervals. Leaves of aerial stems ascending to appressed, caudate, ending in whitish, hair-like tips mostly 1-3 mm. Strobili terminal, solitary (if double, usually nearly sessile), on stalks 3.5-12.5 cm long.

Notes

Produces spores from late August to late September.

Wetland indicator: FAC

More northern than L. clavatum, however their ranges overlap.   

References

Wagner, W.H. Jr. and Beitel, J.M. 1993. Lycopodiaceae. In: Flora of North America North of Mexico, Vol. 2.

Oxford University Press, New York and Oxford.

 


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