Saturday, May 17, 2008

Club Mosses and Spike Mosses of Berrien County Michigan

The club mosses and spike mosses belong to the Class Lycopodiopsida (formerly Lycopsida), and are usually lumped with the other non-flowering vascular plants in a group known as the fern allies. They are represented in Berrien County by 5 species in 2 orders, 2 families, and 3 genera. The following list is based on the Online Atlas of Michigan Plants:

ORDER LYCOPODIALES
Family Lycopodicaceae (club-moss family):
  • Huperzia lucidula, shining clubmoss
  • Lycopodiella inundata, inundated clubmoss
  • Lycopodiella margueritiae, Marguerite’s clubmoss
  • Lycopodiella subappressa, northern bog clubmoss
  • ORDER SELAGINELALES
    Family Selaginellaceae (spike-moss family):
  • Selaginella eclipse, hidden spikemoss
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