Connecticut Plants
Foxtail Clubmoss
Lycopodiella alopecuroides (L.) Cranfill

Foxtail clubmoss is endangered in Connecticut.

  • Synonyms: Lycopodium alopecuroides L.
  • Family: clubmoss (Lycopodiaceae)
  • Habitat: bogs, marshes, wet ditches
  • Height: 4 to 12 inches
  • Location of spores: in bushy strobili at the top of the vertical stems
  • Persistence: deciduous
  • Origin: native

Foxtail clubmoss growing in a sphagnum bog. Note how the horizontal stem arches above the ground. This helps distinguish foxtail clubmoss from other clubmosses. Photographed in Burlington County, New Jersey in mid-August.


Photographed in Burlington County, New Jersey in mid-August.


A young stem of foxtail clubmoss, before the bushy strobilus has emerged. Photographed in southern New Jersey in late June.