(Last Updated on : 15-07-2015)
They bear spores on specialized structures at the apex of a shoot; they resemble a tiny battle club, from which the common name derives. They are non-flowering and do not produce seeds. The species of Lycopodiaceae are terrestrial, protostelic vascular plants. The free-living plant is dichotomously branching and consists of a rhizome with adventitious roots as well as an aerial portion with numerous, closely spaced, spirally disposed microphyllous leaves.
Uses of Lycopodiaceae
The spores have been used by violin makers as pore filler. In some places during certain lunar phases were used as a remedy for diseases of the eye.
Propagation of Lycopodiaceae
The propagation techniques used include tissue culture, division, aerial growth, layering, cuttings and stem propagation. In stem propagation there is a modified cutting/layering technique. Top sections measuring 2-6 inches are removed from the stock plant. These are kept moist, humid and warm. The young plants are not disturbed until they grow to approximate size of 2 inches. Thereafter numerous basal shoots grow.
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