Lycopodiella serpentina (Kunze) B.Ollg.

Bog Clubmoss

Opera Bot. 92: 176 (1987) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Stems mostly prostrate, creeping, much-branched, brittle, firmly attached to substrate by numerous roots; erect sterile branches few, short and rigid; erect fertile branches erect, up to 6 cm tall. Leaves spirally arranged, crowded and overlapping, ascending or spreading, those nearest substrate usually appressed, linear-lanceolate, 3–4 mm long, less than 1 mm wide; apex sharp. Strobili terminal, solitary, 10–25 mm long, on leafy stalk. Sporophylls overlapping, somewhat spreading when ripe, broadly triangular; margins minutely toothed; apex rigid, sharp.

EGL, GipP, GGr, OtP. All States except NT. Also New Zealand. Restricted to Grampians, Otway Range, French Island and far East Gippsland where growing on wet peaty soils of lowland heaths.

Possibly synonymous with the cosmopolitan L. carolinianum L.

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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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lycopodiella serpentina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lycopodiella serpentina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales