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Clubmoss
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Lycopodium clavatum

clubmoss

plant overview
the absorbent club moss

Club moss, also known as wolf's claw, is an evergreen plant in fern tribe that is native to Europe. The spores, which are harvested by shaking out the kidney-shaped pods located on the underside of the stems of the plant, is used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries as an absorbent and dusting powder. The dried plant parts are used in tea blends and to produce tinctures and extracts.

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Club moss
01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information for clubmoss

description
Lycopodium clavatum is part of the clubmoss family Lycopodiaceae. It is a spore-bearing vascular plant, growing mainly prostrate along the ground with stems up to 1 m long; the stems are much branched, and densely clothed with small spirally-arranged leaves.

The leaves are 3–5 mm long and 0.7–1 mm broad, tapered to a fine hair-like white point. The branches bearing spore cones turn erect, reaching 5–15 cm above ground, and have fewer leaves than the horizontal branches. The spore cones are yellow-green, 2–3 cm long and 5 mm broad. The horizontal stems produce roots at frequent intervals along their length, allowing the stem to grow indefinitely along the ground. The stems superficially resemble small seedlings of coniferous trees, though it is not related to these.

common names & nomenclature
Lycopodium (Club-moss) is from the Greek Lyco=wolf + podos=foot in reference to either the branch shoot tips or the roots to a wolf paw. The species name, clavatum is from the Latin clava=club, referring to the shape of the strobili (spore cones).

Also known as:
muscis terrestris repens, vegetable sulphur, wolf's claw, running pine, princess pine, wolf’s foot clubmoss, staghorn clubmoss, common clubmoss, wolfpaw clubmoss, foxtail clubmoss, running clubmoss, running moss, running groundpine, groundpine


02.
Where in the World
habitat and range for clubmoss

Clubmoss is found in Arctic and N. temperate zones, including Britain, south to Spain, Toumania and the Caucasus.

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting clubmoss

climate
Clubmoss grows in dry woods and clearings, widespread in northern temperate, sub arctic and alpine environments. Prefers full or semi shade.

soil
Grows best in a moist, well-drained soil.

growing
Spores are best sown as soon as they are ripe on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil. Keep the compost moist, preferably by putting a plastic bag over the pot. Pot on small clumps of plantlets as soon as they are large enough to handle and keep humid until they are well established. Do not plant outside until the plants are at least 2 years old and then only in a very well sheltered position. The spores are generally produced in abundance but are difficult to grow successfully.

harvesting
The spores are collected in the summer months of July and August. The tops of the plants are cut off and shaken to release yellow spores. Can also harvest and dry the leaves and stems.

preserving
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

04.
The Rest of the Story
clubmoss history, folklore, literature & more

clubmoss—the moss that’s not a moss
Clubmoss has been a plant that’s been used for thousands of years. However, despite its name, clubmoss isn’t a moss at all. In fact, it is a plant that actually looks similar to a pine tree with small needles creeping along the forest floor.

In early days, clubmoss was used to treat stomach problems and kidney diseases. The Druids of Celtic days used clubmoss to treat constipation. Native Americans also used clubmoss to help with pain from childbirth and to stop bleeding from wounds. It was also used to cause nosebleeds that would relieve headache pain.

As you can tell by the variety of peoples who’ve used clubmoss, it’s grown in many parts of the world. It can be found in almost every continent in the world. It can still be found on both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. And while clubmoss isn’t used quite as much as it once was, it’s still used in modern medicine.

If you suffer from urinary tract infections and kidney problems such as cystitis, you may want to stock up on clubmoss. It can also be used to treat upset stomach, diarrhea, and even some skin conditions.

Clubmoss can also be used to treat pain from injuries of the joints. It can relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and it can also help to reduce problems with muscle spasms in the arms and legs.

Some exciting research has shown that some forms of clubmoss may actually be effective in preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in people who have begun to show initial symptoms. However, this research is in the early stages and it’s not yet known the mechanism by which this works. It may have to do with the way the chemicals in clubmoss interact with neurotransmitters in the brain.

Clubmoss is usually taken as an infusion once a day. You’ll want to follow manufacturer instructions to make sure you’re taking the correct dose for the problem you wish to treat. Using too much clubmoss can cause irritation to your intestinal tract. However, most people can take clubmoss without problems in moderate amounts.

Clubmoss is a good herb to have in your supply if you suffer from arthritis pain. It’s also good for people suffering from chronic urinary tract infections and cystitis. If you also have a stomach that’s easily irritated or chronic diarrhea, clubmoss can also help to provide relief to you.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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