Lycopodium deuterodensum Herter; Lepidotis densa Rothm.; Lycopodium densum Labill.
Vascular – Native
Lycophytes (clubmosses, selaginella, quillworts)
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2n = 68
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: North and Chatham Islands (from North Cape to Lake Taupo and nearby river catchments). Also Australia and New Caledonia.
Coastal and lowland forests in gumland scrub, on forest margins and ridgelines (especially in kauri forest), or in open clay pans within tall forest.
Rhizome creeping, to 3 m long, clothed in slightly spreading scale leaves. Branchlet systems erect, 0.1-1.0 m tall. Leaves spiral to subwhorled, imbricate, appressed or spreading, adnate, dimorphic, green, yellow-green to yellow. Leaves of sterile branchlets linear-lanceolate, attenuate, 2.0-4.5 mm long, spreading. Leaves of sporogenous branchlets ovate-lanceolate, attenuate, 1.0-2.5 mm long; margins membranous, translucent, ciliate around the base. Leaves of central axis (sporogenous and sterile) similar to those of sterile branchlets, but appressed, 4.5-6.0 mm long. Strobili terminal on ultimate branchlets, 10-35 mm long, solitary. Sporophylls imbricate, acute; margins membranous, fimbriate. Description adapted from Chinnock (1998) and Brownsey & Smith-Dodsworth (2000).
None. Easily recognised by the stout, erect, aerial branches which resemble a small conifer. Pseudolycopodium densum could possibly be confused with Austrolycopodium fastigiatum except that, A. fastigiatum is a species of montane habitats (it is never found growing with Pseudolycopodium densum), and the leaves on the branchlets of fertile specimens are not appressed as they are in P. deuterodensum.
Not applicable (spore producing)
Not applicable (spore producing)
Can be grown with some difficulty. Best results have been achieved with plants grown on untreated saw dust.
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Fact sheet prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange 17 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): Pseudolycopodium densum Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/pseudolycopodium-densum/ (Date website was queried)