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LYCOPODIACEAE

CLUB-MOSS FAMILY

Alan R. Smith and Thomas Lemieux

Plants on ground or other plants, creeping to ± vine-like
Stem: branches few–many, forked often unequally, also branching laterally or not
Leaves many, simple, ± alternate, spirally arranged, small, needle- or scale-like, 1-veined, few-toothed to generally entire, those subtending sporangia generally unlike others, sometimes in cones
Cone terminal on erect stem, erect
Sporangia solitary in leaf axils; spores of 1 kind per plant, scar with 3 radiating branches
Genera in family: 4 genera, ± 400 species: worldwide, generally tropical
Reference: [Ållgaard 1987 Opera Bot 92:153–178]

LYCOPODIUM


Stem: sterile branched in > 1 plane; fertile erect, branched, terminated by few–many cones
Species in genus: ± 40 species: worldwide
Etymology: (Greek: wolf foot, from branch tips)

Native

L. clavatum L.

RUNNING-PINE

Plant on ground or other plants
Stem: sterile wide-creeping to ± vine-like, < 0.5 m, 0.5–1.5 cm wide, including leaves; fertile generally many, ± 10–20 cm, few-much-branched
Leaves ± 4–7 mm, 0.5–1 mm wide, those subtending sporangia ovate-triangular, bristle-tipped
Cone 1–3(5) cm, ± 4–6 mm wide
Chromosomes: 2n=68
Ecology: Moist ground, swamps, rarely on trees
Elevation: < 200 m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast
Distribution outside California: to Alaska, Montana (also e N.America), Caribbean, S.America, Europe, Africa, Asia
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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