Any of about 200 species of small, evergreen vascular
plants of the phylum Lycopodophyta, related
to the ferns and horsetails.
Unlike the more primitive true ,mosses, club
mosses have specialized tissues for transporting water, food, and minerals.
They have creeping stems that branch dichotomously and small leaves arranged
spirally. They are found mainly in the tropics, but some occur in temperate
climates. Millions of years ago their ancestors formed the large trees that
dominated Carboniferous forests.
|Kraus's club moss