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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

October 2011 Foraging Experiences

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October 1, 2011

Stiff Clubmoss (Bristly Clubmoss, Interrupted Clubmoss) (Lycopodium annotinum) (Synonym: Spinulum annotinum)

Stiff Clubmoss (Lycopodium annotinum) has a slightly similar look to Running Clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum), but Running Clubmoss has several branches off of the upright shoots. See pictures at: In addition, Running Clubmoss has 1 to 5 Strobili growing from each long strobilus stalk. Stiff Clubmoss has 1 to 4 strobili growing directly from the upright shoot (not a separate stalk).

Stiff Clubmoss is very similar to Northern Interrupted Clubmoss (Lycopodium canadense). However, Northern Interrupted Clubmoss is not listed as a separate species in the USDA Plants Database or in the book, Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. It is listed as a separate species in the book, Ferns of the Northeastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guide) and The Families of Huperziaceae and Lycopodiaceae of New England: A Taxonomic and Ecological Reference by Arthur Haines. The strobili of Northern Interrupted Clubmoss typically grows to no longer than 5/8 of an inch. In addition, the upper side of the leaves have numerous stomates (pores). The leaves of Stiff Clubmoss are sparsely, but noticibly toothed. The leaves of Northern Interrupted Clubmoss are entire (untoothed) or with very small teeth.

October 6, 2011

Bladder Campion (Maiden’s Tears) (Silene vulgaris)