E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Lycopodium lagopus (Laest. ex Hartm.) Zinserl. ex Kuzen
ptarmigan club-moss (one-cone clubmoss)
Lycopodiaceae (Club-moss family)

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Species Information

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Evergreen perennial; stems horizontal, long-creeping, branched; erect branches with numerous leaves, 10-25 cm tall.
Linear, 3-5 mm long, entire, with tips bending back to the stem, the tips with a whitish hair.
2-6 cm long, single at the end of a short stalk.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to moist open places, forest clearings, roadcuts, forests, heath and bogs in the lowland and steppe to subalpine and rarely alpine zones; infrequent throughout BC; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to PA, OH, IN, MN, ND, WY and OR; Greenland, Europe, Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Lycopodium clavatum subsp. megastachyon (Fern. & Bissell) Selin
Lycopodium clavatum subsp. monostachyon (Grev. & Hook.) Seland.
Lycopodium clavatum var. brevispicatum Peck
Lycopodium clavatum var. integerrimum Spring
Lycopodium clavatum var. megastachyon Fern. & Bissell
Lycopodium clavatum var. monostachyon Hook. & Grev.

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