Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Southern Bog Clubmoss
Lycopodiella appressa
Family: Lycopodiaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

Bogs or sandy banks in acid soils; also savannas (Weakley 1998).

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early July to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This clubmoss has densely leafy horizontal stems flat on the ground with scattered upright stems as well. Leaves are appressed. The spores are born at the apex of the stem in cone-like structures formed by modified leaves. In this species these strobili are only 0.2 mm thicker than the stem and the upright fertile shoots are long (8-35 cm).

Changes in hydrology or degradation of water quality in the habitat for this species could cause decline. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or vegetation removal that would result in increased erosion or soil deposition.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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