Robin Hood's hatband

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Plant name
Folk name Robin Hood's hatband
Binomial name Lycopodium clavatum
First recorded 1828
Used where Yorkshire, perhaps general in England


By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-08-12. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-23.

Common clubmoss, lycopodium clavatum, the most widespread species in the genus Lycopodium of the clubmoss family Lycopodiaceae, is also known as Robin Hood’s hatband. Other names for the plant include: vegetable sulphur, goat’s claw, stag’s horn (clubmoss), wolf claw, wolf's-foot (clubmoss), wolf-paw clubmoss, foxtail clubmoss, running clubmoss, running pine, ground pine, princess pine etc. It grows mainly along the ground, with spores up to 1 m long.

The name Robin Hood's hatband is recorded as early as 1828 in William Carr's dictionary of the dialect of the Craven district (formerly West Riding of Yorkshire, now North Yorkshire).[1] James Orchard Halliwell records the name in his 1847 Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words without indicating any specific are where it was used.[2] The name is probably of too general use to be characterized as a dialect word.


Brief mention