Species Profile and Threats Database

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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Extinct
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument].
State Listing Status
QLD: Listed as Extinct in the Wild (Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland): May 2014 list)
Scientific name Lycopodium volubile [24170]
Family Lycopodiaceae:Lycopodiales:Lycopodopiatae:Lycopodiophyta:Plantae
Species author G.Forster
Infraspecies author  
Reference Florulae Insularum Australium Prodromus (Oct.-Nov. 1786) No. 482.
Distribution map Species Distribution Map not available for this taxon.
Illustrations Google Images

Scientific name: Lycopodium volubile

Lycopodium volubile was a rambling or climbing species with branched, wiry stems up to 5 m in length. The yellowish-green leaves were generally small (0.1–0.2 cm) and varied in appearance on the plant from sickle-shaped, ovate-lanceolate (lance-shaped) to tapered. The sterile leaves could be larger (up to 0.5 cm), flattened and tending to curl downwards. The branches terminated in immature cones. The mature cones hung loosely in large clusters, and were up to 8 cm long (Chinnock 1998; University of Auckland 2007).

Lycopodium volubile occurred in far north-eastern Queensland. The species was collected from Mt Bellenden Ker and another unknown locality (Chinnock 1998).

Lycopodium volubile also occurs in New Zealand, New Caledonia, Polynesia and from the Malay Peninsula to New Guinea (Chinnock 1998).

Lycopodium volubile occurred in open situations where it could climb over shrubs (Chinnock 1998). The species is described as occurring along bush margins and disturbed ground in New Zealand (Hidden Forest website 2007).

The reasons for the extinction of Lycopodium volubile are unknown.

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Uncategorised:Uncategorised:threats not specified Lycopodium volubile in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006pp) [Internet].

Chinnock, R.J. (1998). Lycopodiaceae. McCarthy, P.M., ed. Flora of Australia. 48:84.

Hidden Forest website (2007). Club Mosses (Lycopodiaceae): Lycopodium volubile. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 24-May-2007].

University of Auckland website (2007). New Zealand plants: Lycopodium volubile. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 24-May-2007].

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Lycopodium volubile in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:25:36 +1000.