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Common Name: Stiff Club Moss
Lycopodium annotinum is a Evergreen Fern up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials.
The plant contains lycopodine, which is poisonous by paralysing the motor nerves[
]. It also contains clavatine which is toxic to many mammals[
]. The spores, however, are not toxic[
Arctic and N. temperate zone, including Britain, south to Spain, the Himalayas and Oregon.
Moors on mountains from 50 - 800 metres in northern Britain[
Thrives in a rough spongy peat[
]. Requires a humid atmosphere[
Terrestrial members of this genus are hard to establish. The roots are delicate and liable to rot, most water being absorbed through the foliage[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Although looking more like a moss, this genus is closely related to the ferns[
The plant has been mixed with clay and used to fill the gaps between logs in log cabins[
The plant has been mixed with potting compost to act as a fertilizer and make plants growing in it healthier[
Spores - best sown as soon as they are ripe on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil. Keep the compost moist, preferably by putting a plastic bag over the pot. Pot on small clumps of plantlets as soon as they are large enough to handle and keep humid until they are well established. Do not plant outside until the ferns are at least 2 years old and then only in a very well sheltered position. The spores are generally produced in abundance but are difficult to grow successfully[
Layering of growing tips[