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Alpine Clubmoss - Lycopodium alpinum
Other Names:  Diphasiastrum alpinum

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4
(see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 9

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
15 collections at MONTU from western Montana.
General Description
Stems prostrate, just below ground. Shoots clustered, 3–8 cm; branches 4-angled, winged. Leaves 2–3 mm long, 4-ranked, overlapping, margins turned under, dorsal and ventral shorter than lateral pair; alternate pairs decurrent. Strobili 5–20 mm long, solitary, sessile. Sporophylls 2–4 mm long, lanceolate with wavy margins (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
In MT known only from Lincoln, Flathead and Glacier counties; AK to WA and MT, Greenland to QC, Europe, Japan (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 15

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Moist tundra in the alpine and subalpine zones.

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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