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Club mosses, also called lycophytes, are flowerless and seedless plants in the family Lycopodiaceae, that belong to an ancient group of plants of the division Lycophyta. The lycophytes were one of the dominant plants during the Coal age (360-286 million years ago) and many were shrubs or large trees. By 250 million years ago, most of the woody species had died out. Between 10 and 15 living genera have been recognized, consisting of about 400 species. Lycopodiaceae are cosmopolitan, occurring in arctic to tropical regions. Nowhere do they dominate plantcommunities today as they did in the past. In arctic and temperate regions, club mosses are terrestrial; whereas in the tropics, they are mostly epiphytes near the tops of trees and seldom seen. The classification of club mosses has changed radically in recent years. Most temperate species were grouped within the genus Lycopodium, from the Greek lycos, meaning wolf, and pous meaning foot, in an imaginative reference to the resemblance in some species of the densely-leaved branch tips to a wolf's foot. However, it is now clear that fundamental differences exist among the club mosses with respect to a variety of important characters. Seven genera and 27 species have been recognized in the flora of North America. Four of the common genera, formerly all within the genus Lycopodium, are Lycopodium, the tree club mosses (6 species), Diphasiastrum, the club mosses (5 species), Huperzia, the fir mosses (7 species), and Lycopodiella, the bog club mosses (6 species); all are terrestrial. The sole epiphytic member of the club moss family in North America is the hanging fir moss (Phlegmariurus dichotomus), which is common in subtropical and tropical Central and South America. In North America it is known only from Big Cypress Swamp, Florida.

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Based on its characteristics the plant called club moss is not a true moss Examine the dichotomous key above Which of the following sentences adequately defines a club moss?

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What is a well-known example of a club moss plant?

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What are the characteristics of arctic moss?

The characteristic is that hey are non-vascular and so it has the characteristics of moss. That's the answer for it

How are club moss and moss similar?

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How do club mosses differ from true mosses?

Well, for one thing, a club moss isn't really a moss at all.

What is a club shaped structure in which spores are produced?

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Why is a club moss not a true moss?

Club moss or True Moss? ... Mosses are very primitive plants. They have no vascular system, meaning they have no stem, no way to support themselves, and no way to transport water and nutrients internally (phloem and xylem).

What are characteristics of moss?

It is bacteria, a prokaryote and a decomposer.

Is club moss a vascular plant?

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What phylum does club moss belong to?

Phylum :Lycophyta

What are specific organism in kingdom plantae?

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What is the scientific name for club moss?

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What is the Scientific name tree club moss?

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Is club moss a real moss?

No. Mosses belong in the Phylum Bryophyta, along with other bryophyte phyla such as Phylum Hepatophyta (liverworts) and Phylum Anthocerotophyta (hornworts). On the other hand, Club moss (Phylum Lycopodophyta) is not a bryophyte at all, let alone a true moss. Club moss is more closely related to plants of the pteridophyte division, which includes ferns, whisk ferns and horsetails. Club moss have differentiated leaves and more advanced vascular tissue than true mosses. They also possess cone-like structures (strobili) which contain the spores.

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Does club moss produce seeds?

no club moss do not produce seeds but they have vascular tissue, they also produce spores in cone like tips, and they don't have hollow stems containing silica.

Are club mosses non vascular plants?

The club moss, unlike other mosses, has a vascular system.

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Where does club moss grow?

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What are some plant adaptations for club moss in the deciduous forest?

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