From coast to summit - Marsh Clubmoss

Marsh Clubmoss on open area

The Marsh Clubmoss Lycopodiella inundata grows on the wet margins of lochs, mostly in the west of Scotland. As the water rises and falls an eroded area is formed and other plants cannot grow too large. The Marsh Clubmoss requires an area that is kept open. The bright green shoots creep along the ground occasionally forking and producing an upright shoot which can bear spores in the thickened top, called a cone. The spores are borne in simple sacs in the axils of the upper leaves.

This plant is sensitive to water pollution, will be killed by too much disturbance, but it will also disappear if other vegetaion is too dense.