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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]
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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.
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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.
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In this article, Nevins does acknowledge that certain lycopods and ferns are commonly found in Carboniferous age coal beds but neither Nevins nor other creationist authors tell their audience that these coal beds have no flowering plant component.
Several years ago, when I took my college class on a field trip to the area, I regaled them with the ancient lineage of the lycopods and explained that their spores are exceedingly small but of a uniform diameter.
The lycopods, horsetails, and ferns (spore-producing plants) are some of the best studied groups of plants in Mississippi.
A time of forests, swamps, seed ferns, mosses, lycopods and the origin of the amniote egg.
These termites and their ancestors are thought to have been eating old dead wood for at least 400 million years, since the Devonian, when Earth's forests consisted of tree lycopods and giant seed ferns.
Although in secondary forests dominance and density of bromeliads, orchids, mosses, epiphytic ferns and lycopods, and other epiphytes typically decrease, in many cases vines exhibited and increase abundance and density (Martin et al., 2004).
Most trees are covered in lichens, such as beard lichens (Usnea) and other epiphytic lichens, lycopods, ferns--especially filmy ferns (Hymenophyllaceae)--mosses.
A time traveler from today's world would have a hard time recognizing the trees in this forest, especially the strange lycopods that ruled the ancient swamps.
The free-living sporophytes of ferns and lycopods were derived from the dependent sporophytes of a bryophyte-like plant by further proliferation and sterilization, and the acquisition of physiological independence from the gametophyte.
There were also giant lycopods (Lepidoden-dron, Sigillaria, etc.), which reached up to 100 ft (30 m) in height and often had hollow trunks, as is the case in many present-day tropical trees.
In vascular cryptogams (psilophytes, lycopods, sphenophytes, ferns), the sporophyte, though usually becoming independent, nonetheless has early stages that are heavily dependent on the gametophyte.