FloraFinder.org
Home   About Us   Want to Help?   FAQ  
Searching   Image Use Biblio

Huperzia selago

Huperzia selago (L.) Bernh. ex Schrank & Mart.

Lycopodium selago

Plananthus selago

Urostachys selago

Northern Firmoss, Fir Clubmoss

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionLycopodiophytaAncient plants that have only a single vein per leaf, limiting size
ClassLycopodiopsida“Fern allies”—clubmosses and firmosses
OrderLycopodialesLycopodiums
FamilyLycopodiaceaeLycopodiums, clubmosses
GenusHuperziaFirmosses or fir clubmosses; named fro German fern horticulturist Johann Peter Huperz
SpeciesselagoFrom Greek selagh (selage), “flashing”

About plant names...

Northern firmoss is a North American native. The genus Huperzia is named for a German horticulturalist, Johann Peter Huperz; selago derives from Greek, meaning “flashing.”

Identification: It is easy to overlook these diminutive plants, poking through forest litter. They grow horizontally under the old leaves, producing erect columns less than 4" (10 cm) high, in small clusters or rows. Each column is covered with tiny leaflets ⅛-¼" (5-7.5 mm) × ~⅛" (3.5-4 mm). Each leaflet is shaped like a narrow triangle; those near the bottom are somewhat wider. Leaflets are smooth, shiny, and dark green, with edges that are smooth or sometimes slightly serrated. With magnification, you can see stomates on the leaf surfaces.

Online References:

Huperzia selago on Earl J.S. Rook's Flora, Fauna, Earth, and Sky ... The Natural History of the Northwoods

Huperzia selago at Skye Flora

Huperzia selago on www.dnr.state.wi.us

Huperzia selago at Maine.gov’s Department of Conservation Maine Natural Areas Program

Huperzia selago at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Huperzia selago on eFloras

Huperzia selago (Northern Firmoss, Fir Clubmoss)

7/22/2012 · Wapack Trail, Pack Monadnock, Peterborough, NH
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)

Huperzia selago (Northern Firmoss, Fir Clubmoss)

7/22/2012 · Wapack Trail, Pack Monadnock, Peterborough, NH
≈ 7 × 9" (18 × 23 cm)

Huperzia selago (Northern Firmoss, Fir Clubmoss)

9/26/2011 · Pearl Hill State Park, Townsend, MA
≈ 9 × 12" (23 × 29 cm) ID is uncertain

Huperzia selago description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.

© FloraFinder.org. All rights reserved.


 

Huperzia selago (Northern Firmoss, Fir Clubmoss)

8/16/2015 · Table Rock Hike, Appalacian Trail, Grafton Notch State Park
≈ 7 × 7" (16 × 18 cm)

Huperzia selago (Northern Firmoss, Fir Clubmoss)

8/16/2015 · Table Rock Hike, Appalacian Trail, Grafton Notch State Park
≈ 7 × 7" (17 × 18 cm)

Huperzia selago (Northern Firmoss, Fir Clubmoss)

7/22/2012 · Wapack Trail, Pack Monadnock, Peterborough, NH
≈ 6 × 9" (14 × 22 cm)

Huperzia selago (Northern Firmoss, Fir Clubmoss)

The red berries are Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense.). · 9/26/2011 · Pearl Hill State Park, Townsend, MA
≈ 8 × 10" (20 × 26 cm) ID is uncertain

Range:

About this map...