Lycopodium scariosum G.Font.

Spreading Clubmoss

Fl. Ins. Austr. 87 (1786) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Main stem prostrate, branched, with very small, narrow, appressed scales; rooted at intervals. Lateral stems much-branched, ascending or spreading. Leaves firm, yellow-green; upper leaves in 2 rows and flattened into one plane, lanceolate, asymmetrical, slightly curved, 3–5 mm long, with short points; lower leaves in 2 rows, scale-like, appressed, narrow and pointed. Strobili terminal and solitary, 1–3 cm long, on short stalk bearing small scales. Sporophylls straw-coloured, closely overlapping, broadly ovate to triangular; margins membranous; apex long-pointed.

HNF, VAlp. Also Tas. New Zealand. Localized in Victoria to alpine Sphagnum bogs and swampy heathland near Mt Cope (Bogong High Plains), Lake Mountain and on the Baw Baws.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Ferns and allied plants (Psilophyta, Lycopodiophyta, Polypodiophyta). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Lycopodiales
family Lycopodiaceae
genus Lycopodium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lycopodium scariosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lycopodium scariosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales