West Highland Flora

Marsh Clubmoss


Lycopodiella inundata

Other names: Lycopodium inundatum, Lepidotis inundata

Lycopodiella inundata

Photo Carl Farmer
10 Jul 2004 Teangue, Skye
Length of horiz bit c 2.7 cm

Rare, on very wet peat with species like Great Sundew and Intermediate Bladderwort.

Leaves c 4-6 mm long.  Upright branches typically 2-6 cm.

ID: Vegetative stems creep along the ground, upright fertile stems branch off them, singly, not in tufts.  Both kinds of stem look similar, but when mature the upright ones have spore-cases behind their upper leaves.  Plant bright green, not at all bluish like Alpine Clubmoss.  Leaves taper to a pointed tip but do not end in a hair or mini-spine.

Other features: Leaves with spore-cases behind are broader at base than sterile leaves.  Creeping stems die back from the rear as they grow forward.

 

Lycopodiella inundata

Photo Carl Farmer
10 Jul 2004 Teangue, Skye
c 7.2 cm from LH tip to RH tip

  Lycopodiella inundata

Photo Carl Farmer
10 Jul 2004 Teangue, Skye
Picture c 1.7 cm wide


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