Lycopodium dendroideum

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Lycopodium dendroideum
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Conservation status

Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Lycopodiophyta
Class: Lycopodiopsida
Order: Lycopodiales
Family: Lycopodiaceae
Genus: Lycopodium
Species: L. dendroideum
Binomial name
Lycopodium dendroideum
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  • Dendrolycopodium dendroideum (Michx.) A. Haines
  • Lepidotis dendroidea (Michx.) P. Beauv.
  • Lycopodium obscurum fo. dendroideum (Michx.) H.L. Blomq. & Correll
  • Lycopodium obscurum var. dendroideum (Michx.) D.C. Eaton

Lycopodium dendroideum is a clubmoss native to the northeastern USA. It is part of a complex of species colloquially known as groundpine, which taxa were formerly lumped into the species Lycopodium obscurum. [2][3]

L. dendroideum prefers humus-rich, sandy, moist but not completely saturated soils.[4]


This and other Lycopodium species have been commonly collected for decorative Christmas greenery. The spore of this species was also collected as Lycopodium powder for use in early photography, although this was not the preferred species for the purpose.


  1. ^ Tropicos
  2. ^ Haines, Arthur. 2003. Families Huperziaceae and Lycopodiaceae of New England 84.
  3. ^ Hickey, R. J. 1977. The Lycopodium obscurum complex in North America. American Fern Journal 67: 45--49.
  4. ^ Flora of North America v 2