club moss

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The spores of Lycopodium clavatum (family Lycopodiaceae) and other species of L.; a yellow, tasteless, and odorless powder; was used as a dusting powder and in pharmacy to prevent the agglutination of pills in a box.
[G. lykos, wolf, + pous, foot]


A homeopathic remedy formulated from Lycopodium clavatum used to treat GI complaints (e.g., bloating, constipation, nausea and vomiting), as well as chronic fatigue syndrome, flu-related fatigue, hair loss, haemorrhoids, kidney stones, nervous headaches, prostatitis, psoriasis, and increased libido accompanied by decreased performance.

club moss

any mosslike pteridophyte plant of the order Lycopodiales, having erect or creeping stems covered with small overlapping leaves. The group existed as far back as the Palaeozoic era. Lycopodium and Selaginella are present-day forms.