Lycopodium complanatum L.

  • Family (as per The APG System III) : LYCOPODIACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Lycopodium complanatum L.
  • Habitat : Open forests, thickets and rocky slopes
  • Comments / notes : The plant contains lycopodine, which is poisonous by paralysing the motor nerves. It also contains clavatine which is toxic to many mammals. The spores, however, are not toxic.
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : Yes
    • Tamil Nadu :
  • World Distribution : Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Madagascar, Europe, Canada, U.S.A., South America
  • Literature : Fraser-Jenkins, C.R, Gandhi K.N, Kholia B.S, Benniamin A.2017. An Annotated Checklist of Indian Pteridophytes Part-1 (Lycopodiaceae to Thelypteridaceae); Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh;;
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. complanatum. Downloaded on 15 April 2021.


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