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Lycopodium obscurum (Rare clubmoss)
Cressler, Alan

Lycopodium obscurum

Lycopodium obscurum L.

Rare Clubmoss, Common Ground-pine, Flat-branched Ground-pine, Princess'-pine, Tree Clubmoss

Lycopodiaceae (Club-Moss Family)

Synonym(s): Dendrolycopodium obscurum

USDA Symbol: lyob

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Non-flowering, sporulating plant.


USA: AK , AL , CT , DC , DE , GA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , QC
Native Distribution: Eastern US and Canada.
Native Habitat: Mature, hardwood forests.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lycopodium obscurum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lycopodium obscurum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lycopodium obscurum


Record Modified: 2023-02-17
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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