Lycopodium magellanicum

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Lycopodium magellanicum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Lycopodiophyta
Class: Lycopodiopsida
Order: Lycopodiales
Family: Lycopodiaceae
Genus: Lycopodium
Species: L. magellanicum
Binomial name
Lycopodium magellanicum
(P.Beauv.) Sw. 1806

Lycopodium magellanicum is a species of vascular plant in the club moss family Lycopodiaceae. It grows in the mountains of Latin America from Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic south as far as Tierra del Fuego, as well as a number of islands in the antarctic and subantarctic oceans (Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Falkland Islands, Juan Fernández Islands, Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands, Iles Crozet, Iles Kerguelen).[1]

A number of natural products have been isolated from this plant, including magellanine, magellaninone, panticuline, acetyldihydrolycopodine, acetylfawcettiine, clavolonine (8b-hydroxylycopodine), deacetylfawcettiine, fawcettiine, lycopodine, lycodine, alpha-obscurine (2,3-dihydro-b-obscurine), and beta-obscurine.[2] Some of the molecules within this class are known inhibitors of Acetylcholinesterase (AChE). [3]


  1. ^ a b Family Lycopodiaceae, genus Lycopodium; world species list
  2. ^ Isolation of Magellanine Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 1976, 54:(18) 2893-2899.
  3. ^ Review of Lycopodium alkaloids Nat. Prod. Rep.,2004, 21, 752-772.