West Highland Flora

Stagshorn Clubmoss


Lycopodium clavatum

 

Lycopodium clavatum

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Jul 2004 Glenhinnisdale, Skye
Front one of 3 RH cones c 3 cm long

Occasional on moorland or beside upland tracks.

Leaves c 3-5 mm long, cones c 2-5 cm long on stalks c 3-7 cm long.

ID: Leaves end in a long white flexible hair, not a stiff point as in Interrupted Clubmoss.  Much branched with branches lying along ground or clambering through heather.

Other features: Cones are distinctive, being pale buff when ripe, but pale green when young as in these pictures, and occuring in ones, twos or threes on long stalks.  Creeping stem puts down roots along its length.

At high altitude look out for plants resembling Lycopodium lagopus, which has mostly single cones on stalks < 2 cm long, and smaller leaves.  See http://www.bsbiscotland.org.uk/Documents%20on-line/Lycopodium%20lagopus.pdf and http://www.watsonia.org.uk/Wats26p477.pdf

 

Lycopodium clavatum

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Jul 2004 Glenhinnisdale, Skye
RH cone c 2.6 cm long

  Lycopodium clavatum

Photo Carl Farmer
3 May 2003 Lairg, Sutherland
This branch 6mm wide

Above: Leaves with flexible hair-point.
Plants are often yellowish as in this example

 

 

Lycopodium clavatum

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Mar 2002 Portree, Skye


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