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Lycopodium clavatum Linnaeus. Running Clubmoss. Phen: Jul-Sep. Hab: Openings, balds, roadbanks, open forests. Dist: Circumboreal, south in e. North America along the Appalachians to NC, n. GA, and ne. AL (Clay Co.; Diamond 2020); also c. Mexico south through Central America to n. South America (Brazil); West Indies.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: Additional taxonomic study is needed of what may prove a complex of species.

Synonymy: = FNA2, Il, JEP, K1, K3, K4, Md, NE, NY, RAB, Sf, Tat, Tn, Va, W, Haines (2002b), Lin et al (2013), Rumsey (2007); = Lycopodium clavatum L. ssp. clavatum – Meso1, Øllgaard, Kessler, & Smith (2018); = Lycopodium clavatum L. var. clavatum – F, G, Md; < Lycopodium clavatum L. – C, Pa, WV

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC
  • Midwest: FAC
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC

Heliophily: 6

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