Botrychium lunaria (L.) Sw.
common moonwort
Ophioglossaceae (Adder's-tongue family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

Photograph

© Jeremy Gatten     (Photo ID #25252)


Map

E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Botrychium lunaria
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Species Information

General:
Deciduous perennial, 2-20 cm tall.
Trophophores:
Oblong, unstalked or short stalked, 1-pinnate, up to 12 cm long; pinnae up to 10 pairs, overlapping, semicircular, entire or sometimes undulate or rarely slightly toothed.
Sporophores:
1- to 2-pinnate, 0.8-2 times length of trophophores.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Illustration

If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Botrychium lunaria

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class

Avg

Min

Max

Elevation (metres)
1450 55 2541
Slope Gradient (%)
28 0 230

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

168 6 340
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 0 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
C
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
91
Modal BEC Zone Class
ESSF

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

AT(4), BAFA(5), BWBS(4), CWH(2), ESSF(33), ICH(6), IDF(3), IMA(2), MH(1), MS(4), SBPS(6), SBS(9), SWB(6)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to moist woods, meadows, grassy slopes and heath from the montane to alpine zones; infrequent in BC; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to ME, PA, MI, WI, MN, ND, NM, AZ and CA; Eurasia, Australia, New Zealand, Patagonia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms

Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Botrychium lunaria subsp. lunaria
Botrychium lunaria subsp. occidentale A. Löve & D. Löve & Kapoor
Botrychium lunaria var. onondagense (Underw.) House
Botrychium onondagense Underw.
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