Lycopodium deuterodensum Herter

Bushy Clubmoss

Index Lycopod. 15 (1949) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome creeping, much-branched and deeply buried. Aerial stems erect, rigid, long-stemmed, repeatedly branched to produce bushy plant, 25–100 cm tall. Leaves spirally arranged, overlapping in all but main stem and coarser branches, ovate 1–2.5 mm long, stem-clasping, with membranous margins, or, linear-lanceolate and spreading (incurved at apex), 2–4 mm long. Strobili numerous, erect and terminal on minor branches, 10–20 mm long. Sporophylls overlapping, spreading when mature, close-set, broadly ovate; margins membranous, pale and jagged; apex acute.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HNF, HSF, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA (one record), Qld, NSW, Tas. (including Bass Strait islands), Norfolk Is. New Zealand, New Caledonia. In open-forest, scrub or heathland, on peaty soil or disturbed sites.

Plants growing in exposed sites tend to be short and bushy, while those in damp, sheltered sites are somewhat spindly. Plants possessing either of the two leaf forms described above often appear strikingly different but some plants have leaves of both sorts.

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.
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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 deuterodensum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lycopodium deuterodensum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera 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
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory