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MARSH CLUBMOSS

Lycopodiella inundata

(Formerly: Lycopodium inundulatum)
Clubmoss & Quillwort Family [Lycopodiaceae]

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category
category8Mosses
category
category8Semievergreen
status
statusZnative
stem
stem8round
toxicity
toxicityZmedium
rarity
rarityZscarce

23rd Oct 2006, a marsh, South Hampshire. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Mike Cotterill
Marsh Clubmoss are the bright green plants sticking up from the sphagnum-mossy water. [Oblong-leaved Sundew in red on right-hand edge].


23rd Oct 2006, a marsh, South Hampshire. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Mike Cotterill
The creeping procumbent stems are sterile and up to 20cm long and die back quickly leaving just the fertile upright stems which grow to 8cm high (max 10cm).


23rd Oct 2006, a marsh, South Hampshire. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Mike Cotterill
The leaves are 4 to 6mm long, linear to narrow-ovate, without teeth, splaying out just a little from the vertical. Marsh Clubmoss is only sparsely branched.


11th Aug 2013, a marsh, Hampshire
Sporangium-bearing leaves are upright, broader at the base, sharply pointed and curved like a scythe. The leaves are arranged in a spiral, their tips curving upwards. This is a very young specimen.
The cones are only slightly wider, solitary, and between 10 to 30mm long and at the summit of just some branches. [Your Author cannot spot any in these photos probably because the sporophylls are similar to foliage leaves].


It is native and occurs in wet heaths and often on peaty soil or in sandy lake and the edges of ponds, wet heaths, even on peat cuttings and beside tracks. Here it is enjoying company with Oblong-Leaved Sundew, mosses, grasses and other wet-loving plants. Sometimes it is below water-level. Formerly more widely scattered throughout Britain it is in decline and now very localised. It is extinct in Eastern and Central England. It is a scarce [RR] plant.


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Distribution
 family8Clubmoss & Quillwort family8Lycopodiaceae
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genus8Lycopodiella
Lycopodiella
(Marsh Clubmosses)

MARSH CLUBMOSS

Lycopodiella inundata

(Formerly: Lycopodium inundulatum)
Clubmoss & Quillwort Family [Lycopodiaceae]