Interrupted club-moss is a perennial sporiferous plant and the most common club-moss of our forests. Its upright branches rise from its long stem that creeps along the forest floor. The leaves of interrupted club-moss are needle-like and its cones are yellowish green and spindle-shaped. The spores ripen in June-September.
Interrupted club-moss thrives in rather shaded habitats like mesic heath and herb-rich forests. Its area of distribution covers most of the coniferous zone in the northern hemisphere.
The Finnish name of interrupted club-moss (riidenlieko) originates from rickets because the plant was used to cure it. Its spores have been used in folk medicine to treat wounds and skin diseases as well as in pharmacies to cover tablets to prevent them getting stuck on each other. The spores are also easily flammable which previously was taken good use of in photography and nowadays in fire effects in pyrotechnics.
As a common species of the forests interrupted club-moss requires no conservation measures to secure its occurrence.
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