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Lycopodium clavatum (running clubmoss; common club moss)

Wikipedia Abstract

Lycopodium clavatum (stag's-horn clubmoss, running clubmoss, or ground pine) is the most widespread species in the genus Lycopodium in the clubmoss family.
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Allergen Potential [1]  High
Hazards [2]  The plant contains lycopodine, which is poisonous by paralysing the motor nerves; It also contains clavatine which is toxic to many mammals; The spores, however, are not toxic;
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Structure [2]  Fern
Usage [2]  The spores are water repellent and can be used as a dusting powder to stop things sticking together; They are also used as a talcum powder and for dressing moulds in iron foundries; They can also be used as explosives in fireworks and for artificial lightning; The plant can be used as a mordant in dyeing; The stems are made into matting;
Height [2]  3.937 inches (0.1 m)
Width [2]  39 inches (1 m)
Light Preference [3]  Mostly Sunny
Soil Acidity [3]  Very Acid
Soil Fertility [3]  Infertile
Soil Moisture [3]  Moist
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Alaskozetes antarcticus (Mite)[4]
Leiosphaerella lycopodina[5]
Phaeosphaeria lycopodina[5]
Bourletiella hortensis (garden springtail)[4]


Shelter for 
Bourletiella hortensis (garden springtail)[4]


Caribbean; North America; Tapantí-Macizo de La Muer National Park;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3ECOFACT 2a Technical Annex - Ellenberg’s indicator values for British Plants, M O Hill, J O Mountford, D B Roy & R G H Bunce (1999)
4Making The Forest And Tundra Wildlife Connection
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Protected Areas provided by Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
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