Treelike Clubmoss - Lycopodium dendroideum
Lycopodium obscurum var. dendroideum, Dendrolycopodium dendroideum
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Rare in Montana where the species has been documented from only a few sites in the northwest corner of the state. Trend data are unavailable. Known populations do not appear to be immediately threatened by any activities. Populations may be susceptible to negative impacts from fire.
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Score3 - Vey Small: Generally <2,000 individuals.
Score1 - Peripheral, Disjunct or Sporadic Distribution in MT: Widespread species that is peripheral, disjunct or sporadically distributed within MT such that it occurs in <5% of the state (<7,500 sq. miles or the combined area of Beaverhead and Ravalli Counties) or is restricted to 4-5 sub-basins.
Area of Occupancy
Score2 - Low: Generally occurring in 4-10 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).
Score1 - Moderate: Species is restricted to a specific habitat that is more widely distributed or to several restricted habitats and is typically dependent upon relatively unaltered, good-quality habitat (C Values of 5-7).
Score0-2 - Stable to Moderate Declines:
CommentTrend data are unavailable. Habitat generally appears to be stable and it does not appear likely that severe declines have occurred, though it is possible that minor or moderate declines have occurred or may be occuring across the species' range in Montana due to drought conditions or other factors. Only 1 population has several years of data, which appear to show stable population levels.
Score1 - Medium: 11-30% of the populations are being negatively impacted or are likely to be impacted by one or more activities or agents, which are expected to result in decreased populations and/or habitat quality and/or quantity.
Score2 - High Vulnerability: Very specific biological attributes, unusual life history characteristics or limited reproductive potential makes the species highly susceptible to extirpation from stochastic events or other adverse impacts to its habitat and very slow to recover.
CommentSusceptibility/vulnerability to fire and the potential for impacts to its' habitat from such events may be an important factor which increases the species' vulnerability.
Raw Conservation Status Score
10 to 12 total points scored out of a possible 19.
Treelike Clubmoss resembles a miniature coniferous tree. The scattered, branched stems are 12-30 cm high and arise from deep rhizomes. Stems and branches are densely clothed in 6-8 ranks of narrow, sharp-pointed leaves that are 2-5 mm long. The spores, each subtended by a broadly lance-shaped bract, or sporophyll, are 2-4 mm long and are borne in dense, cone-like, brownish, 2-4 cm long spikes located at the tips of erect branches.
Producing spores in July.
In other members of the genus, the rhizome is located above or just beneath the surface of the ground. The appearance resembling a miniature evergreen tree is distinctive.
In MT known only from Glacier and Flathead counties; Asia, AK to NL south to WA, WY and WV (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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Moist, coniferous forest in the valley and lower montane zones.
Ecological Systems Associated with this Species
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- Bursik, R. J., and R. K. Moseley. 1992. Forty-year changes in Hager Lake Fen, Bonner County, Idaho. Cooperative Challenge Cost-share Project, Idaho Panhandle National Forests and Idaho Conservation Data Center, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Boise. 31 pp.
- Lellinger, D.B. 1985. A Field Manual of the Ferns and Fern-Allies of the United States and Canada. Smithsonian Inst. Press. Washington, D.C. B85LEL01PAUS
- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.