Phylloglossum drummondii Kunze

Pygmy Clubmoss

Bot. Zeitung (Berlin) 1: 721 (1843) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants 1.5–5 cm tall. Tuber whitish, covered with papery scales; usually with one lateral root. Leaves usually less than 10, rosetted at apex of tuber, linear, 1–2 cm long, fleshy, near-circular in cross-section; apex acute. Strobili terminal, 5–7 mm long, on leafless, fleshy stalk up to 4 cm long. Sporophylls spirally arranged, closely overlapping, spreading when ripe, broadly ovate-triangular, narrowing abruptly to acuminate apex. Sporangia in axil of each sporophyll, broad, kidney-shaped, pale yellow.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, ?NSW, Tas. (including Bass Strait islands). New Zealand. Widespread but inconspicuous plant in the southern half of Victoria, occasionally forming extensive colonies on wet peaty soil in winter and spring, particularly after fire.

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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Phylloglossum drummondii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Phylloglossum drummondii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields 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

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Western Australia
South Australia