Lycopodiella lateralis (R.Br.) B.Ollg.

Slender Club-moss

Opera Bot. 92: 176 (1987) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome creeping, much-branched. Aerial stems erect or straggling, undivided or branched several times near base, 10–40 (rarely less than 10) cm long. Leaves spirally arranged, close-set and overlapping, ascending or spreading, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, usually hair-like, but can be flattened, 4–7 mm long, less than 1 mm wide, light green to olive-green; bases short-decurrent; margins slightly recurved. Strobili few, lateral and acutely angled to stem, almost sessile, 10–15 mm long. Sporophylls closely overlapping, spreading when ripe, broadly ovate, pale-brown; margins irregularly serrate or jagged; apex abruptly acuminate.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. (including Cape Barren Is. and King Is.). New Zealand, New Caledonia.

Lycopodiella lateralis usually has characteristic hair-like, spreading leaves and lateral strobili, although some plants from the Grampians, Otway Range and Wilsons Promontory have broader, more ascending leaves on all or part of plant (as do some Tasmanian specimens). An Otway variant grows only 5-10 cm tall and is somewhat intermediate between Lycopodiella lateralis and Lycopodiella serpentina

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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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lycopodiella lateralis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lycopodiella lateralis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory