OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Lycophytes: Lycopodiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Huperzia appressa   FAMILY Huperziaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Huperzia appalachiana   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Lycopodium selago var. appressum

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 003-01-002:
Lycopodium selago   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Appalachian Firmoss, Appalachian Fir-clubmoss


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image of Huperzia appressa, Appalachian Firmoss, Appalachian Fir-clubmoss

JK Marlow    jkm120505_257

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Sporangia in distinct zones of upper stem, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Huperzia appressa, Appalachian Firmoss, Appalachian Fir-clubmoss

JK Marlow    jkm120505_261

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

image of Huperzia appressa, Appalachian Firmoss, Appalachian Fir-clubmoss

JK Marlow    jkm120505_264

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Leaves lanceolate (awl-shaped), ascending to spreading, not toothed, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Huperzia appressa, Appalachian Firmoss, Appalachian Fir-clubmoss

Jim Fowler    jaf_happalachiana_01

June    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Huperzia appressa, Appalachian Firmoss, Appalachian Fir-clubmoss

Jim Fowler    jaf_happalachiana_02

June    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves lance-shaped and in tight bushy spirals around the stem, per Ferns of the Smokies.

image of Huperzia appressa, Appalachian Firmoss, Appalachian Fir-clubmoss

Jim Fowler    jaf_happalachiana_03

June    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Huperzia appressa   FAMILY Huperziaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Huperzia appalachiana   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Lycopodium selago var. appressum

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 003-01-002:
Lycopodium selago   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2645

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

Habitat: rock outcrops at high elevations (very rarely at middle elevations), rarely also in seepage or along banks of small streams at high elevations, and in fens (on hummocks), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple - dimorphic, lanceolate or linear
Leaves in tight bushy spirals (no annual constrictions)

FRUIT:
Summer

 

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