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Mosses (Club)

Club mosses are evergreen herbs with needle like or scale like leaves and, often, cone like clusters of small leaves (strobili), each with a kidney-shaped spore capsule at its base. They have an underground sexual phase plant (one that produces gametes, or sex cells), alternates in the life cycle with the spore-producing plant.
New Zealand has around 10 species. They were the dominant plant group in the Carboniferous period, where they attained the size of trees, and were the main contributors to the coal deposits found today.


Huperzia varia


Lycopodium fastigiatum


Lycopodium scariosum (Creeping club moss)


Lycopodium volubile (Creeping clubmoss)


Selaginella kraussiana (African clubmoss)