Jul. 11, 2021

bog clubmoss, Lycopodiella inundata

Next time you're looking for a magical control for bugs, Lycopodium powder may be your answer. Admittedly, bog clubmoss is not the principal source of those spores. Why go into a bog to collect, when you can find other species on dry land? And you can probably find some at your local garden supply. If you sprinkle this around your flowers, Japanese beetles and other ground breeding pests will almost magically disappear. In my case one application seemed to work for years. And this powder is kind of magical. Those flashy explosions in magician shows? Lycopodium powder. Googling the subject produces an impressive list of uses. The first internal combustion engine ever invented, the Pyreolophore in 1807, ran on lycopodium powder. Unfortunately, this sighting on the Botany Club foray did not include any of the spore producing strobili that appear at the ends of the branches. Those are the clubs of clubmosses. Bog clubmoss has a circumboreal distribution, with us growing in AK, CA, CT, DE, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, AB, BC, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK, and on SPM. Mackinac Co MI, 6/19/21. Clubmoss family, Lycopodiaceae.