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Lycopodiella cernua

Image of staghorn clubmoss

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Wwaeiole or Staghorn clubmossLycopodiaceae (Club-moss family)Indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands (all the main islands except Niihau and Kahoolawe)Kaala, OahuThe Hawaiian names allude to physical features of a rat, wwaeiole (rat's foot), huluhulu a iole (hair like a rat's), and hulu iole (rat's hair).Early Hawaiians used the plant medicinally to treat rheumatic patients. They would bathe the affected areas in prepared wwaeiole that had been boiled for three hours.EtymologyThe generic name Lycopodiella is derived from the Greek lycos, "wolf," and podos "foot," it's likeness to a wolves foot (referring to the genus Lycopodium), + -ella, a diminutive suffx.The specific epithet cerna is from the Greek for the colour of bees-wax, waxy-yellow.

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