Lycopodium fastigiatum

Mountain Clubmoss

Stiffly erect, or occasionally trailing, much-branched conifer-like herbaceous perennial. Main stems distant along creeping much-branched underground stem (rhizome).

Additional information

  • FamilyLycopodiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 30 cm high
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesSpreading narrow lance-shaped pale green leaves 3-5 mm long, tip pointed and curved inwards, spirally arranged and overlapping. Foliage less dense in shaded sites.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Few erect single or paired cone-like fruiting bodies 20-50 mm long on fine stalks at tips of branches.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil in open and damp forests at higher altitudes. Semi shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden usePlant in moist ferneries. Very difficult to cultivate.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common in the Eastern Highlands.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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