Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


878

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Mtns, uncommon in Piedmont (rare in Coastal Plain, rare in SC Piedmont

Look for it in moist forests and ravines, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple - oblanceolate
Leaves in tight bushy spirals; annual constrictions make stems appear undulating

FRUIT:
Summer

 

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Lycophytes: Lycopodiales

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Huperzia lucidula   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 003-01-001:
Lycopodium lucidulum   FAMILY Lycopodiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Shining Clubmoss, Shining Firmoss


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image of Huperzia lucidula

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_hulu2_005_lvd

        

image of Huperzia lucidula

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lylu_001_lvd

        

image of Huperzia lucidula

JK Marlow    jkm120211_028

February    Spartanburg County    SC

Conspicuous annual constrictions give stem a slightly ragged profile, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Huperzia lucidula

JK Marlow    jkm090321_249

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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

image of Huperzia lucidula

JK Marlow    jkm150322_872b

March    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

Mature plants w bands of fertile leaves, a single sporangia per leaf base, per Ferns of the Smokies.

image of Huperzia lucidula

JK Marlow    jkm150322_876

March    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

Largest leaves broadest at or above middle, w distinctively toothed edges, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Huperzia lucidula

JK Marlow    jkm180310_0528b

March    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

image of Huperzia lucidula

JK Marlow    jkm0507o_15

July    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Huperzia lucidula

Keith Bradley    kab_h_lucidula_78773

August    Hamilton County    NY

Adirondack State Park