climbing clubmoss, waewaekoukou
Lycopodium volubile G.Forst.; Lycopodium volubile var. durvillaei (A.Rich.) Nessel; Lepidotis volubilis (G.Forst.) Rothm.; Lycopodium durvillaei A.Rich.;
Vascular – Native
Lycophytes (clubmosses, selaginella, quillworts)
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Current conservation status
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2017 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: By Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, John W. Barkla, Shannel P. Courtney, Paul D. Champion, Leon R. Perrie, Sarah M. Beadel, Kerry A. Ford, Ilse Breitwieser, Ines Schönberger, Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls, Peter B. Heenan and Kate Ladley.
2012 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Indigenous. New Zealand: Kermadec (Raoul Island), Three Kings, North, South, Stewart, and Chatham Islands. Also south-east Asia, New Guinea, New Caledonia and Australis (one record Queensland - Chinnock 1998).
Coastal to montane. In gumland scrub, shrublands, forest margins (and along open ridgelines in dense forest), and on roadside banks and cuttings.
Main stems scrambling or climbing (scandent) up to 8 m long, wiry, much-branched, terete, with scattered appressed subpeltate attenuated scale leaves, 3.5-5.0 mm long. Branchlets scattered, spreading, flattened into 1 plane. Leaves trimorphic, yellow-green (very rarely orange); lateral leaves in 2 alternate to opposite rows, tending to curl downwards, 3-5 mm long, up to 1 mm wide, ovate-lanceolate, falcate, attenuate, adnate; upper leaves in 2 alternate to opposite rows, appressed, 1-2 mm long, c.0.2 mm wide, scale-like; lower leaves in 1 row, very scattered, appressed, up t0 1 mm long, scale-like, obscure. Strobili up to 80 mm long, yellow-brown, straight or sometimes forked, borne in large pendulous clusters on sparsely-leaved much-branched stalks. Description adapted from Chinnock (1998) and Brownsey & Smith-Dodsworth (2000).
Easily distinguished from all other New Zealand representatives of the family by the scrambling, climbing growth habit, flattened leaves, and by the numerous, clustered, pendulous strobili. For distinctions from Diphasium scariosum see under that species.
Difficult. Should not be removed from the wild.
volubile: Twining; from the Latin volvere; a twining growth habit
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Fact sheet prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange 20 March 2011. Description adapted from Chinnock (1998) and Brownsey & Smith-Dodsworth (2000).
References and further reading
Brownsey, P.J.; Smith-Dodsworth, J.C. 2000: New Zealand Ferns and Allied Plants. Auckland, David Bateman
Chinnock, R.J. 1998: Lycopodiaceae. Flora of Australia 48: 66-85.
NZPCN Fact Sheet citation
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Pseudodiphasium volubile Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/pseudodiphasium-volubile/ (Date website was queried)