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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Lycopodium clavatum

Running Clubmoss, Staghorn Clubmoss, Wolf's Claw Clubmoss, Robin Hood's Hatbands

Scientific Name:

Lycopodium clavatum

Genus:

Lycopodium

Species Epithet:

clavatum

Common Name:

Running Clubmoss, Staghorn Clubmoss, Wolf's Claw Clubmoss, Robin Hood's Hatbands

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Lycopodiaceae (Clubmoss Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Openings, balds, roadbanks, open forests. Uncommon in NC mountains; present mostly above 4000’.

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Difficult to grow. Prefers acid soils.

Plant with horizontal stems

Jackson County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

The strobili are often in pairs and are on long and sparsely "leaved" stalks held above the heavily-leaved fertile branches.

Jackson County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/lycopodium/clavatum/

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/lycopodium-clavatum/



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