Shining clubmoss (Lycopodium lucidulum) is a clonal evergreen "herb" which is the second most common herbaceous species on the watershed. It most commonly spreads by layering. The aboveground shoots in the photo are 10 - 15 cm long and are partially buried each year by the deciduous litterfall. The buried part of the stem then forms roots and the end continues to grow. Thus the plant "moves" outward from an originating plant. The stem forks dicotomously as seen in the photo below. Spores are produced in the axils of the leaves and the masses of sporangia are the yellow dots at the base of each leaf. See also a view of the forest with an extensive area of the shining club moss.
Average aboveground biomass = 0.98 g/m2
Web page created April 2001
by Thomas Siccama and Ellen Denny